Standard Bank 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 Multiply 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.
Wednesday, June 28
South Africa will hold a training session at New Road in Worcester from 09h30 – 12h30.
A player will be made available to the media after training at approximately 13h00. Media are advised to arrive early in case training finishes early.
Thursday June 29 – Saturday July 1
Three-day tour match
English Lions v South Africa
New Road, Worcester 11h00
Video and audio featuring Heino Kuhn can be located on the FTP site below.