Vilas ‘shocked’ to get Proteas call-up


Cobras wicketkeeper Dane Vilas is one of four uncapped players named in South Africa's Test squad to go to Bangladesh in July, and he says he was 'shocked' to get the call from chief selector Andrew Hudson.

Vilas averaged more than 55 in the recent domestic One Day series, and at the age of 29 has received his maiden call-up. He will be back-up keeper to Quinton de Kock, as AB de Villiers is missing the Tests due to paternity leave.

Vilas, while not expecting to get game time, told the Cobras website: "I was quite shocked and very surprised when Andrew Hudson called me on Monday.

"Obviously, if I was to be selected for South Africa in a case of injury, it would be the fulfilment of a dream for me.

"It would be the pinnacle of my career if I am drafted into the SA team for a test against Bangladesh. But I will prepare as if I am going to play."

While Vilas averages more than 40 with the bat in First Class cricket, and has 10 centuries, he has worked hard on improving his keeping skills, seeking help from all avenues.

He added: "I am quite pleased with my development as wicket-keeper the past few seasons. I have worked hard on drills and on watching footage on YouTube to improve.

"I have also touched base often with Ryan Cook and Wendell Bossenger to evolve as a wicketkeeper.

"A few seasons ago when Mark Boucher was at the Cape Cobras, I also discussed my wicket-keeping skills and ways to improve at length with him."