Rossouw relieved after maiden century

Rilee Rossouw was relieved after scoring his maiden One Day International (ODI) century during South Africa;s 148-run victory over the West Indies.

The 25-year-old Knights batsman has struggled for form since getting the call-up to the national side, starting with two ducks in his first two innings before being dismissed without scoring three more times in his next seven knocks.

On Sunday, however, in pristine conditions in Johannesburg, Rossouw scored 128 from 115 balls as South Africa amassed a mammoth 439 for the loss of two wickets.

"I've been working really hard to represent my country and be successful," said Rossouw commented after the match.

"It hasn't gone to plan in the last couple of games. Scoring my maiden century was a relief and I'm very happy. 

"In the beginning it was a tough period, Hash [Hashim Amla, South Africa’s other opener] took most of the strike. I think I only faced about 10 balls in the first six overs. 

"Later he just told me to take it ball by ball and not worry if I only made it to a hundred in the 40th over." 

Rossouw was perhaps something of a surprise inclusion in the national side for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next month, but the left-hander is pleased to gain a bit of form going into the World Cup.

"I want confidence from this series, and what I did today has given me that," he continued.

"I want to prove I can bat at the highest levels, and if I can bat like I did today, come the World Cup, I'll justify my position in the squad."