Beuran Hendricks

Batting: Left hand batsman

Bowling: Left hand fast medium

Beuran Hendricks was out of action for half a season in 2014/2015 due to a stress fracture of his back, and initially struggled to assert himself as a left-arm swing bowler.

Hendricks finished the season in encouraging fashion by capturing seven for 74 to guide the Cape Cobras to an emphatic four-day win against the Sunfoil Dolphins.

Subsequently, he was re-elected for the South African T20 squad against Bangladesh. Despite the fact that he did not make it into the match X1, it was a strong indication that this former South African T20-triumph card could feature in the Twenty20 World Cup squad again.

During the South Africa A tour to India, he bowled three overs in the second unofficial test at Wayanad before he was forced off the field with a back muscle injury which has kept him side-lined until December 2015.

Hendricks, a product of Good Hope High School, represented Western Province schools in 2008.

The swing bowler of the Bellville Cricket Club made his first-class debut in 2009/2010 and surged into the Nashua Cape Cobras team the next season thanks to his ability to swing the ball at express pace.

In the 2012/2013, he was part of the support cast for Johann Louw and Charl Langeveldt and finished with a commendable 35 wickets at an average of 17.74.

On the back of his success at franchise-level, Hendricks grabbed his opportunities for South Africa A in the domestic off-season by taking five for 52 in a seven-wicket win against Australia A in Rustenburg.

In his next game for South Africa A, he completed a match-haul of 11 for 63 in setting up a convincing 121-run win against a strong India A line-up in Pretoria.

On a flat pitch, Hendricks swung and seamed the ball at pace. He also bamboozled some batsmen with his ability to extract reverse swing.

Hendricks drew the attention of the national selectors with his record-breaking 28 wickets for the Cobras at an average of 10.28 and an extraordinary strike-rate of 8.7 in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge of 2013/2014.

The young swing bowler made his international T20-debut for South Africa against Australia in March 2014.

He also featured as part of the Protea-team in the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.

His successes also earned him a call-up into the Kings X1 Punjab squad in the Indian Premier League in 2014.

Hendricks missed the first two and a half months of the domestic season due to a stress fracture of the back. He suffered the injury while playing for South Africa A in Australia in July-August 2014.

His ability to operate at express pace and extract hostile bounce, could make him a contender for higher honours in the longer variation of the game once he regains full fitness and form.

 

 

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