That’s the question that less discerning local cricket fans might have had after several members of the Proteas’ Test squad for next month’s tour to Australia posted some eye-catching scores in the latest round of 4-Day Series fixtures.
Substantial scores have long been a source of consternation for South Africa in the pinnacle format of the game, calling their depth into question.
Heinrich Klaasen stole the show as he celebrated his recall by scoring 292 points off 240 deliveries for the Titans against a hapless Knights attack in Centurion.
The 31-year-old batted like a man determined to prove that he is not a white-ball specialist at the international level, hitting 39 fours and nine sixes in a spectacular effort.
Needless to say, it’s his best score of the season and the highest in Titans history.
Furthermore, under normal circumstances, Klaasen’s innings would have suggested that he is now in the running to be the Proteas’ wicketkeeper-batter in Australia.
Except that the man he was supposed to be putting under pressure, incumbent Kyle Verreynne, retaliated in kind.
The Western Province captain was at his silky best as he crafted a brilliant, unbeaten 201 against the Boland Rocks, emphasising that he’s not about to relinquish his spot without a fight.
With South Africa’s team management indicating that they would consider seven specialist batters, both men could be included.
There was also good news for captain Dean Elgar, who batted 137 in the SuperSport Park run-fest alongside Klaasen.
Rassie van der Dussen’s return from a finger injury looked promising as well, as he played a fluent 45 minutes for the Lions against North West before falling one point short.
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