Rabada has confidence in the future of SA cricket

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South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has expressed confidence in the talent pipeline within cricket in the country.

This after an under-strength Proteas bowling attack picked apart Bangladesh with ease on day two of the second Test against Bangladesh.

Rabada took 5 for 33 himself to move to the head of the 2017 Test wicket-takers list.

The team now contains a number of young stars keen to show their worth including Rabada as well as Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Keshav Maharaj and Andile Phehlukwayo.

Speaking after play on day two Rabada said: “We were sitting down and I was speaking to Quinny saying that all the guys we played with and against at school are all in the team now and are coming up. South Africa is in good hands in the future.

“It gets much tougher than Bangladesh, of course. You can play them in their conditions and it’s a different story. It gets harder from here. This is not it.”

Rabada gave credit to Markram who added a maiden Test hundred to his 97 on debut in Potchefstroom.

The quick feels the young opener has handled the pressure of stepping up to Test cricket brilliantly well.

He added: “There is expectation and there will be pressure. No-one is a Rambo, we are all human beings. You have to find ways to cope with it.

“The best players and the guys who have been in the longest have found ways to cope with it. Sometimes it can get bigger and you have to find a new way to deal with it. You grow as a person when things are not going your way.”

Rabada is enjoying working with new coach Ottis Gibson, whom he feels has brought a fresh approach to the team.

He went on: “He is a very stern character but at the same time he is lenient. He doesn’t beat around the bush. He cracks jokes with the guys.

“He brings in his own dynamic, something as South Africans we are not particularly used to, but the guys are enjoying what he brings to the table. When we do the warm-ups, we do things in a different style and the guys enjoy it.”