A number of young South African cricketers are “knocking on the door” to take over the mantle of our more experienced players. The 2019 Cricket World Cup to be held in England and Wales, will probably be the swansong of the likes of AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla and others in the Protea squad. Some of the future stars in the 24 years and under age group include:

Quinton de Kock

This 24-year-old is a product of King Edward VII School in Johannesburg. Quinton is considered by many as the best wicket keeper/batsman in the world and is compared to the legendary Adam Gilchrist of Australia. Already a veteran of 88 ODIs and 24 test matches, he has scored a total of 16 centuries in these two formats of the game. Here’s a real talent!

Kagiso Rabada

Kagiso, nicknamed KG, is 22 years old and was educated at St. Stithians College in Johannesburg. He is an established member of the Protea cricket team and made his debut at the age of 19. He has already taken 102 wickets in 22 test matches. He is also no slouch with the bat. This speedster will spearhead the Protea attack and has the makings of a good all-rounder.

Aiden Markram

Nicknamed “Pup”, Aiden captained the victorious SA under 19 team at ICC under 19 World Cup in 2014. He is 23 years of age and made his debut for the Proteas in the recent series against Bangladesh. He narrowly missed out on a maiden test century on debut but completed the feat in the second test of the series. Aiden is a highly accomplished batting all-rounder and has leadership skills.

Andile Phehlukway

At 21 years of age, Andile has represented the Proteas in all three formats of the game, namely test, ODI, and T20. He was awarded a bursary to Glenwood High for field hockey and later introduced to cricket by his guardian, Rosemary Dismore who employed Andile’s mother as a domestic worker. He is considered a fast/medium bowler and more than capable batter.

Wiaan Mulder

Another product of St. Stithians College, this 19-year-old has gone from school uniform to Protea kit! This time last year he was in matric and captain of the SA under19 team. An allrounder, Wiaan, made his debut in the recent T20 against Bangladesh. He is a future Jacques Kallis with proven ability as a batsman and medium / fast bowler.

There are a number of talented youngsters in the SA Emerging Cricket team, while the recently selected Protea under 19 squad to play England at the end of this month is brimful of exciting prospects. These include Raynard van Tonder (Captain) and Matthew Breetzke, the latter already making his mark in the SA A-team. Also in this squad are a number of young guns, just 17 years old. These include Thando Ntini (son of Makhaya), Gerald Coetzee, Fraser Jones and Jacob Miltz.

The Proteas are sitting quite pretty on the ICC rankings, with the test team (2nd after India), ODI (1st), T20 (6th). The future looks bright with the many young cricketers on the horizon. Maybe one day that elusive World Cup will be filled with Protea bubbly!

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