Henderson backs Shamsi for Test honours

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Proteas bowling consultant Claude Henderson believes that wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi has the qualities to make him a successful bowler for South Africa at Test level after the Titans star’s breakthrough into the ODI team.

Henderson stressed that it is important that Shamsi keeps learning and developing his game to reach his fantastic potential.

The former left-arm spinner feels Shamsi should play more first class cricket to develop himself as a bowler: “One of the best ways to achieve this is to play a lot of three or four day cricket and to bowl long spells.”

Shamsi’s newly appointed franchise coach Mark Boucher agrees that Shamsi should play more at first class level before he makes the step up.

Boucher said: “I would prefer if he (Shamsi) had a couple of overs behind his name (and play more first-class cricket at domestic level) in order to find out his weaknesses, strengths and where he can improve. He needs to get some good overs under his belt.

“This will be a big season for Tabraiz. Batsmen might be coming after him, because sides would have done some video-analysis on how to read him. The importance would be to move him forward (even more).”

Sahmsi captured 41 four-day wickets last season for the Titans and has 272 first class wickets in 68 matches, however many of those games were played at semi-professional level and the consensus seems to be that the tweaker shouldn’t be rushed into Test action just yet.

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