Wayne Parnell was singled out as a player for higher honours at a young age when he was selected to represent South Africa at the ICC under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka in 2006. He was back two years later in Bangladesh as captain when he led the junior Proteas to a place in the final.
Less than a year later he made his senior Proteas’ debut in both limited overs formats during the famous tour of Australia. He really made his name in his second ODI, also against Australia, at SuperSport Park in 2009 when he (4/25) and Dale Steyn exploited favourable swing bowling conditions to rout the opposition. This performance earned him a first Man-of-the-Match award. It turned out to be a memorable year for him when he was the leading wicket-taker in the 2009 edition of the ICC World Twenty20 in England. He then had a major injury setback at the 2010 Indian Premier League shortly after making his Test debut against England and he has gradually worked his way back to match fitness.
He made a successful return to international cricket during the 2013 T20 series in Sri Lanka and the Test team in 2014.
He has the potential to become an all-rounder of note as his career unfolds. At the under-19 World Cup in 2008 he made a half-century and took 6/8 in the quarter-final against Bangladesh and the best of him in this role is yet to come.
Captain AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis both hit half centuries, but it was not enough as Martin Guptill’s fine ton helped New Zealand to a series-levelling, seven-wicket win over the Standard Bank Proteas in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday
The Standard Bank Proteas produced the perfect response to their defeat earlier in the week as a team performance allowed them to crush New Zealand by 159 runs at the Westpac Stadium and take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series on Saturday
DAVID MILLER and Andile Phehlukwayo both played the innings of their lives to get the Standard Bank Proteas across the line for a four-wicket win over Australia with 4 balls to spare at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Wednesday evening to clinch the Momentum ODI Series by a 3-0 margin with two matches still to be played.
WAYNE PARNELL claimed four major prizes including the ultimate accolade as Cape Cobras’ player of the year at the awards-ceremony of the Western Province Cricket Association on Monday at the WPCC in Claremont.