The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras skipper Dane Piedt did not join the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Spin Camp that took place in Mumbai, India between 28th April to 6th May, due to tendinitis in his right knee.
This has been a lingering issue for the right-armer, but is on the mend and has described the injury as nothing major.
“I have been playing through the pain with the tendinitis since December. Obviously there are times when you are not 100 %. The past few weeks I have had shock wave therapy. Right now I’m also busy with rehabilitation in strengthening the muscles around the knee,” said Piedt.
Piedt captured 24 wickets at an average of 53.58 and was the leading wicket-taker of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in the Sunfoil Series of 2017/2018.
“It is the back leg and it had an impact but it was not the reason why I did not take five-wicket hauls. It was more the wickets on which we were playing. The surfaces were difficult,” Piedt added.
Despite nursing an injury, Piedt struck 305 runs at an average of 33.88 in the red-ball competition, and has described it as his best season with the bat since making his debut for the team.
His best season with the ball came in 2013/2014 when he nipped out 45 batsmen in eight matches and produced a hat-trick, claiming 5-16 against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins.
George Linde and Junaid Dawood were the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ spinners at the camp, while Zubayr Hamza joined an elite group of batsmen including Temba Bavuma, Tony de Zorzi, Christiaan Jonker, Rudi Second and Sinethemba Queshile.
Piedt is a former South African off-spinner and his most recent Test match was against New Zealand at SuperSport Park, Centurion in 2016.
He nipped out 8-152 on test debut in August 2014 for South Africa and has added six more test caps since then.