Pretorius pleased with reward for hard work

Gauteng Lions all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius says he is excited about the prospect of playing against Ireland for the Proteas, and is happy that his hard work over the years has paid off at last.

In last season’s Sunfoil series, the domestic four-day competition, he scored two tons and averaged over 30 with the bat, and also took 36 wicket, and this earned him a call up to the A-side this year.

He did well in the recent A-side quadrangular series in Australia, mainly with the ball, and was picked for the ODI squad to face Ireland this month. Whether it was his Lions efforts or his SA A performances, he cannot say.

Pretorius said in the Saturday Star: “It’s hard to say if getting into SA A gets you closer to a national call-up. I’ve seen guys play three to four years at SA A level and not get called or have to wait that long before they get called.

“The one thing an SA A call-up indicates is that you’re on the radar, I suppose. People are seeing what you’re doing, that you’re performing well and that you could play for South Africa.

“It has motivated me to work harder. In my case it was six weeks after I got the call for SA A that I got picked for the Proteas, so that is exciting.”

Pretorius says he knows he’s never going to bowl express pace, and has worked harder on other aspects of his game to make him a valuable contributor, and hopes that translates to the national side too.

He added: “There’s a saying in Afrikaans ‘ek het vrede gemaak’ (made peace with the fact) that I am not and won’t be a 145km/h bowler.

“I embraced that, understood my limitations, but also there were other strengths in my game and I worked to do what I could do best.

“I’m not sure where I fit in at the moment, and I don’t want to think about it that much. I must control what I can control, which is how I perform.

“Right now I have this opportunity in the side to face Ireland. I’ll work hard to prepare for that and then hopefully look to push for a regular spot in the series’ ahead.”