Van Tonder has a point to prove

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The former South African U19 captain, Raynard van Tonder, wants to use the SA A tour of Zimbabwe to prove the selectors wrong. PHOTO: GETTY

The Free State Knights batsman, Raynard van Tonder, is eager to prove a point during the South African A tour of Zimbabwe.

Van Tonder was snubbed for the Proteas tour of the West Indies, despite consistent form with the bat over the last two seasons in the domestic four-day series.

While he was the second highest run-scorer this past season with 721 runs in 7 matches and highest score of 200, he was also overlooked for a Cricket South Africa award nomination.

During the 2019/20 domestic four-day competition, Van Tonder topped the run-scoring with 843 runs in 8 matches with a highest score of 204.

The SA A tour of Zimbabwe started in Harare last Saturday with the unofficial One-Day International matches.

Van Tonder is, however, in the squad for the unofficial Test matches, which will start later this week.

Van Tonder told Bloemfontein Courant that it was disappointing to be overlooked, and he has a point to prove in the four-day Tests.

“It would have been nice to be selected for the Proteas squad for the tour to the West Indies, but it is something that is out of my control.

“The only thing I can control is to work hard at my game and putting in the performances with the bat,” he said.

“This tour to Zimbabwe is just another opportunity to go score some big runs and help the team win. If I keep doing that, hopefully my turn will come.”

The 1st unofficial Test will be played from 6 to 10 June in Harare. – MORGAN PIEK