Rilee Rossouw of the Proteas praised former provincial teammate Reeza Hendricks, saying the opener is a world-class player.

The Proteas’ T20 World Cup warm-up game against Bangladesh was rained out on Wednesday, but Rossouw opened the batting with his former Knights teammate in the nine-wicket win over New Zealand.

Rossouw and Hendricks’ careers intersected in Bloemfontein and Kimberley, with Rossouw moving overseas on a Kolpak contract and Hendricks moving north to Johannesburg.

Rossouw stated that they have grown tremendously since their time with the Knights.

“Reeza and I have a long history, and it’s always a pleasure to bat with him,” Rossouw said.

“He brings something special, and I’m hoping that if he gets a chance in the World Cup, he’ll bring his form and show what he’s all about.

“We’ve all gotten better as we’ve gotten older because we’ve learned so much throughout our careers, especially from each other.

“He’s a world-class athlete.”

Rossouw was unconcerned about missing out on game time on Wednesday, claiming that they have enough mileage to get going for the tournament.

South Africa will begin their tournament next week Monday at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart against one of the teams from the qualification round.

According to Rossouw, the team is optimistic about the tournament.

“The guys are in a great place right now, and we’re playing some really good cricket,” said Rossouw.

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