Spectacular With a record-breaking Titans defeat, Heinrich Klaasen makes a significant Proteas statement.
Less discriminating local cricket fans would have wondered that after some Proteas Test players boasted some eye-catching scores in the most recent round of matches in the 4-Day Series. They will be touring Australia next month.
In the pinnacle version of the game, scores of substance have long been a problem for South Africa, casting doubt on their depth as well.
Not that Friday made that obvious.
Heinrich Klaasen stole the show by scoring a blatantly astonishing 292 off just 240 deliveries for the Titans against a helpless Knights attack in Centurion to mark his reinstatement.
The 31-year-old batted spectacularly, hitting no fewer than 39 fours and 9 sixes in an effort to disprove his reputation as a white-ball specialist at the international level.
It goes without saying that it’s his highest score of his career and the highest in Titans history.
Furthermore, it was an innings that, in normal conditions, would have indicated that Klaasen is currently in the running to be the Proteas’ Down Under wicketkeeper-batter.
However, the incumbent Kyle Verreynne, whom he was expected to put under pressure, retaliated in kind.
The Western Province captain demonstrated brilliantly that he is not about to give up his position without a fight by constructing a superb, undefeated 201 against the Boland Rocks while playing at his silkiest.
Both individuals might be selected given that South Africa’s team management has stated they would consider seven specialist batters.
The captain Dean Elgar also participated in the SuperSport Park run-fest and scored a terrific 137, which was good news.
Rassie van der Dussen made a smooth 45 for the Lions against North West in his comeback from a finger injury, but he fell one short.