Cape Town – Proteas opening batsman, Heino Kuhn, plans to keep the same mindset and approach that has brought him success in the upcoming four-match Test series against England starting next week.
Kuhn’s debut Test call-up comes on the back of two successful seasons for the Titans and more recently for South Africa ‘A’ against the England Lions, where he finished as the standout performer in a disappointing series.
Kuhn is under no illusion of the challenges of opening in the UK, but hopes the experience of 133 first-class caps – with an impressive average of 44.71- will be an advantage he can use towards further success. He has waited a long time for the call-up, but in the process has scored nearly 10 000 runs with a high-score of 244 not out, establishing himself as a franchise veteran.
“Rather late than never,” The 33-year-old said of his selection in Worcester on Tuesday. “I have matured a lot over the years as a batter and as a cricketer. I believe everything happens for a reason and maybe five years ago wasn’t my time. I’m happy to be here and I’m looking forward to this challenge.
“I’m going to try and approach it like I do with every game,” he explained. “ I know there is going to be a bit more pressure, especially if I make my debut, but it will be important to see it like it’s any other game.
“Opening the batting everywhere is quite tough but it is a lot more challenging in South Africa and England. My job is to take the newness off the ball, I’ll have to try and leave as well as I can, know where my off-stump is and take it from there.”
The Test squad began their preparation for the three-day warm-up match against England Lions with a light training session at New Road in Worcester on Tuesday. The match, which starts on Thursday, will carry first-class status.