Brackenfell Cricket Club spinner added to Proteas Test squad

File image: George Linde.File image: George Linde.

Brackenfell Cricket Club all-rounder George Linde has been added to the Proteas’ squad ahead of next week’s third and final Test against India in Ranchi.

Linde has replaced fellow left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj in the squad. Maharaj has been sidelined by a shoulder injury.

Cape Cobras star Linde was a late addition to the Proteas’ squad for last month’s T20I series against the Indians, but did not play a match.

He recently recorded career-best first-class match figures of 11 for 131 against the Lions at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.

“When I saw the wicket, I knew it was spin-friendly, but I knew that I would still have to work hard for my wickets. I knew though, that if I found a good rhythm, I could target a big match haul of wickets,” said Linde.

“Luckily I did take 11 wickets in the game, but I could have done better. There were a few overs I struggled for rhythm and consistency, but if you told me before the game that 11 for 131 will be my match figures, I would have taken it.

“I’m very pleased with myself for my best ever first-class figures. Now I just have to kick on and try and win games for the Cobras.”

Brackenfell Cricket Club arrival

The 27-year-old Linde joined Brackenfell Cricket Club from fellow Western Province Cricket Association premier league unit Durbanville Cricket Club earlier this year.

Brackenfell Cricket Club, meanwhile, have qualified for the 2019-20 WPCA Ama20 Competition premier league semi-finals alongside Durbanville Cricket Club, Cape Town Cricket Club and Western Province Cricket Club.

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