Leie knows he will have to be patient


Spinner Eddie Leie admits that South Africa has an abundance of slow bowlers to choose from and just wants to put in consistent performances and be patient about playing more at the highest level.

Leie made his international debut for the Proteas in a T20 international against Bangladesh last month, and it was very successful. He had figures of three for 16, which was the best on debut by a Proteas player in T20s.

The 28 year-old is not looking to far ahead though, as he only played against the Tigers because the Proteas' first-choice limited-overs spinner Imran Tahir was rested.

Leie, who is currently in India playing with the South Africa 'A' side, said: : "I'm not even the best spinner in the country, to be honest. We've got Imran Tahir, great spinner. Aaron Phangiso, great spinner. We've got Robin Peterson.

"So I don't even think I'm first line for selection. For me, I just need to do well. Not look what the players in the senior team does. That's out of my control."

The Potchefstroom-born legspinner also competed in the CPL this year, playing for the St Lucia Zouks with the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Darren Sammy.

Leie says he would like to play in the IPL in the future.

"I watch a lot of IPL. I recently played in the Caribbean Premier League in West Indies and I think I did okay there. But I'm not thinking that far ahead. If it happens, I'll be happy."