Andile understands pressure of expectation

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Fast bowler Andile Phehlukwayo is on the brink of making his senior South Africa debut, and says he understands that he is seen as a role model.

Much like Makhaya Ntini, Phehlukwayo comes from humble roots and his sporting talent gave him the chance for a good education, and he is determined to repay those who had faith in him as a child.

He could be seen as a ‘quota’ player, but is determined to prove that he is more than a statistic if he gets a chance against Ireland or Australia this month.

Phehlukwayo, who averages under 26 with the ball in List A cricket, told Cricinfo: “As young black players, we will have to understand that we are examples, and that our performances and our consistency will be looked at.

“At the same time, we can’t put too much pressure on ourselves because that can also affect you as a player. We want to do well for our country.”

He has been around the set up since age 17, then he was part of the under 19 side, and now at 20, he hopes to emulate Kagiso Rabada’s success by building on his skills.

The Dolphins paceman added: “I’d like to test myself at that level and see what I need to do in those situations. I have a lot to learn.

“I took to death bowling with the backing of the coach and my team-mates. I worked on things like slower balls and yorkers. It’s a challenge not everyone can do.

“It’s a lot about preparation and execution and it doesn’t always go your way – well it doesn’t always go my way but I like to be in that situation where its win or lose and I am the guy in there.”

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