Cricket South Africa call-up has surprised the right arm off-spinner Dane Piedt when he was inducted into South Africa Test squad for the third and final Test against New Zealand which is scheduled at Seddon Park in Hamilton from March 25 (Saturday).
Subject to the visa clearance, Peidt will arrive in New Zealand ahead of the Hamilton Test and he is likely to break into the playing XI.
The reports suggested Piedt on Monday was left dazed as he received the emergency call when he was playing golf at premier destination Pearl Valley from the national selection committee after the first Test in Dunedin resulted in a draw.
“I was taken by surprise. I think my battle plan would be to keep it as basic as possible,” Piedt was quoted as saying by sport24.co.za.
The Cape Town-born Peidt was earlier dropped from the team that registered a 2-1 win against Australia last November when left-arm spinners were inducted into the squad in the form of Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj.
It’s pertinent to mention Piedt was included in the squad to further strengthen the slow-bowling department on the turning wickets on Kiwis shores as he has the stock ball as the carrom delivery.
With the disciplined bowling in the One-day tournament for Cobras, Piedt impressed the selectors as they picked him over young spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who earlier played only Test against Australia.
“The team’s interests come first. Yes, I will be able to call on the carrom ball if the situation requires it,” Piedt remarked.
Piedt last played his Test game against Kiwis in Centurion in August last year. In 2014, Piedt made his international debut against Zimbabwe.
Following his promising recent performance in the Sunfoil Series where he bagged 28 wickets at an economy of 3.24 and further bowled well in the One-day domestic series with an economy rate of 5.29 which was termed helpful for the batters.
In 80 first-class matches, the Cape Cobras captain has bagged 282 wickets.
In the 2013-14 season, using his carom ball to deceive batters, Piedt claimed 45 wickets in the Sunfoil Series in eight games.
In seven Test matches so far, Piedt had claimed 24 wickets at an average of 36.04.