Focusing on white-ball cricket and producing five wicket hauls to force his way into the Cricket World Cup squad of South Africa is one of the goals of World Sports Betting Cape Cobras bowler Dane Paterson this coming season.
And his coach at the franchise, Ashwell Prince, added that the fast bowler Pato, as he is affectionately known, is already one of the best in the country with his skills at the business end of the 50 overs and can become one of the world’s best if he is given more opportunities and if he successfully addresses his opening burst with the new ball.
“He needs to be clear about his game plans and his execution must be spot on,” says Prince.
Paterson was only selected for the one-day team of South Africa ‘A’ for the July and August tour to India, but Paterson is not perturbed that he missed out on four-day selection. He says he played in only six Sunfoil Series matches in 2017/2018 and it would be unfair on other players who played for the full Sunfoil Series campaign and excelled, if they missed out and he got selected.
One of the pinnacles of a cricketer’s career is to play in a World Cup and he will keep one eye on that without neglecting his red ball skills and the Sunfoil Series.
Paterson captured 16 wickets in six four-day games last season with a best of 4-58.
In the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge he nipped out 12 batsmen in eight matches at a strike-rate of 17.16.
Dropped after a mediocre start, he returned and produced some inspiring performances after Charl Langeveldt made him aware of shortcomings with his run-up. He also built better momentum and rhythm in his run up and was one of the country’s finest white-ball cricketers in the shortest format.
Paterson captured 42 wickets in the 2014/2015 season in the Sunfoil Series. He wants to improve his skills to recapture that form, but says he does not focus too much on the wickets column as it is a team game.
Neil Carter, former cricketer of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and Middlesex, has given him a couple of pointers at the Bishops indoor nets and he is keen to make an impression.
“It is important how it comes out of the hand. I don’t want to swing it; instead, I want to nip it both ways off the seam, because it is more difficult to deal with in cricket. I am not going to bowl 150km/h, but I want to maintain speeds in the late 130’s and bowl with the right rhythm,” he adds.
He wants to throw his hat into the international arena and ultimately play test cricket, although his one eye will be on the Cricket World Cup in 2019.