South Africa’s joint-Cricketer of the Year Anrich Nortje is not too worried about conditions in the West Indies not favouring fast bowlers.
The 27-year-old, who shared the big prize with Aiden Markram at Cricket South Africa’s digital awards ceremony on Monday, also won the Test Cricketer of the Season as well as the Fans’ Player of the Year awards.
Nortje, though, is not about to rest on his laurels as the Proteas gear up for next week’s first Test against the West Indies.
With conditions expected to favour slow bowlers, Nortje believes that if the fast bowler work hard they will reap the rewards.
Asked about his awards, Nortje says he wants to take the momentum from the past season into the Caribbean Islands series.
He explains: “I’m really looking forward to building on that in the West Indies, taking that momentum going forward...
“I’m very excited to go to the West Indies. I’ve never been there... I’m sure it will be good.”
Of the bowling conditions, he adds: “It’s not easy knowing that conditions might not favour you as a bowler. I think all in all, it’s just about doing the basics.
“Hopefully something will happen for us there, even though conditions might not favour us as seamers.
“I think we can still do a good job if we just do our basics right.”