For the Kaapse span, Parnell takes the new ball and opens the batting and the allrounder is more than willing to do the same job for the Proteas, just as long as he is contributing to the team’s success.
Speaking ahead of the second ODI against Sri Lanka at Kingsmead tomorrow (1.30pm), Parnell says: “Contributing, bat or ball or wherever, I think that has always been my goal for whatever team I play for.
“It doesn’t matter where or how, it is just about wanting to contribute.”
During the T20s, Parnell did not impress with ball or bat, but during the first ODI at St George’s Park, the PE laaitie showed his destructive potential with bowling figures of 3/48.
With Kyle Abbott no longer available, Parnell stepped up and showed that he can handle the new ball.
But while he targets more consistent performances with the ball, he admits that he smaaks to make an impression with the bat as well.
Parnell adds: “I was asked during the break in PE if Russell [Domingo] would send me out there as a pinch hitter, so I mentioned it to the coach, but he said no...
“With more opportunities that I had at domestic cricket last season, and this season, I think people are seeing more what I can do with the bat than in the past.
“As for what the future holds, we will just have to wait and see, but I am happy to see how the process plays out.”
During his career, Parnell has scored two centuries and three fifties in List A games with a top score of 129 while his best in his 55 ODIs is 51.
It might not make for good reading, but Parney has improved in recent years and with just over 10 years of pro experience, he has the maturity to take on dual starring roles for the Proteas.