Patience finally pays off for Leie


Eddie Leie, the new cap in the South Africa T20 squad for the tour to Bangladesh, says he is no hurry to make the playing eleven and is happy enough to have received a call-up to the national team.

Leie was chosen in the shortest format after the selectors decided to rest first-choice limited-overs spinner Imran Tahir for the T20 leg of the tour which also includes three ODI's and two Test matches.

The 28 year-old said: "Whether I play or don't play, the call-up is enough. This will do my confidence a world of good. Imran must be the guy who goes to the World T20. There is a queue and I am willing to wait."

The leg-break bowler has certainly grown under the guidance of his coach in domestic cricket Geoffrey Toyana, who has overseen the rise of Quinton De Kock and Temba Bavuma, among others, to the Proteas side.

On Toyana, Leie said: "Geoff has made a big difference to all of us because of the way he backs us and lets us be ourselves. And he is selfless – if we want to stay after training to do more, he stays with us.

"Sometimes, after nets, I go to do some work in the middle and then Geoff comes with me. I am a hard worker, I want to give 120%, so it's nice to have a coach who does the same."