Olivier expresses shock at Proteas call-up

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Duanne Olivier PHOTO: LEE WARREN

The VKB Knights seamer, Duanne Olivier, has expressed his shock at being called up to the Proteas’ Test squad so soon in his career.

Olivier has been one of the leading fast bowlers in South Africa for the past two seasons and was the second leading wicket-taker in the domestic four-day standings last season.

The tall 24-year-old quick was named in the Proteas’ squad on Thursday for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, which starts in Johannesburg in a week’s time.

His inclusion comes at the express of Kyle Abbott, who has been released from his national contract with immediate effect after signing as a Kolpak player.

Abbott, as well as Olivier’s Knights teammate, Rilee Rossouw, will be playing Hampshire in the English Country Championship.

Rossouw also earned him the wrath of Cricket South Africa and his national contract is also in the process of being terminated.

It is Courant’s understanding that Rossouw will, however ,still be playing for the Knights.

Olivier said that its any kid’s dream to represent his country and it’s something he couldn’t do without the help of the South African bowling great, Allan Donald.

“Yes, I’m still in very much shock,” the seamer told Courant.

“I’ve always wanted to play for my country and yes, Allan did help me a lot on the mental side and game plans to go forward.

“Just very happy at the moment”.

Olivier’s captain at the Knights, Theunis de Bruyn, and the left-arm seamer, Wayne Parnell, have been recalled after being released to play in the Sunfoil Series this week.

The third and final Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg start on 12 January.

Proteas squad – Faf du Plessis (capt), Duanne Oliver, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada. – MORGAN PIEK