South Africa: Ngidi Tipped for Proteas Test Honours

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Former Proteas all-rounder Albie Morkel believes that Lungi Ngidi will be South Africa’s new ball Test bowler in the near future.

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Ngidi, 20, is one of the six caps who has been called up to the Proteas squad for the first two T20Is of the series against Sri Lanka.

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Morkel believes that his Titans team-mate has what it takes to open the bowling for the Proteas alongside Kagiso Rabada in the next few years.

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Ngidi made his Sunfoil Series debut this season and has taken 11 wickets in three appearances thus far.

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“KG (Kagiso Rabada) and Lungi Ngidi will open the bowling for South Africa in all formats,” Morkel was quoted as saying on the Titans’ official website.

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“Lungi needs one or two seasons, and it is one of the things that we want to do at the Titans – to strengthen his resolve and his mental game, because international cricket can be an unforgiving game.

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“He has got such a good head on his shoulders. He bowls a heavy ball, almost like Jacques Kallis did. He can bowl it up at 138 km/h and even faster.”

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Morkel, who is the skipper of the Titans, said that although a T20 selection could be great exposure for the young fast bowler, he’s still two seasons away from a potential Test cap.

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“It is fine that he plays T20 cricket for South Africa and is selected to possibly start on Friday at SuperSport Park against Sri Lanka,” said Morkel.

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“But he might still be a season or two away from representing South Africa (in Test).”

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Ngidi could possibly make his Proteas debut on Friday in the first T20 at Centurion (18:00 SA time).

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Source: Sport24

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