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Picking 5 Rising Cricket Stars in South Africa

Antoinette MullerFeatured ColumnistOctober 9, 2013

Picking 5 Rising Cricket Stars in South Africa

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    South Africa's domestic season kicks off on Friday, and this year, the one-day cup is positioned perfectly for those who want to make a name for themselves. With most of the ace internationals away on tour in the United Arab Emirates, those who want to stake their claim have the ideal opportunity to impress. 

    The competition will last just five weeks, so a short, sharp burst of games will ensure that everyone is tested. South Africa certainly isn't short on talent, and those who dream of playing a World Cup have a chance to knock on the selectors' door.

    Here are five players to look out for over the course of South Africa's summer. If you feel anyone has been left out, do add your thoughts in the comments.  

Beuran Hendricks

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    Beuran Hendricks recently took 11 wickets in an A-game against India on a rather flat track.

    Having made his debut for Western Province in 2010, Hendricks has since linked up with the Cape Town franchise, the Cobras.

    Last season, he finished as the fifth highest wicket-taker in the domestic first-class competition, taking 35 sticks at an average of 17.74.

    While he is very good in the longer format, his resolve will really be tested in the one-day game. He's a very quick bowler, sometimes reaching the high 140s, which will really come in handy in the shorter formats. 

Stiaan Van Zyl

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    Stiaan van Zyl is a left-hander who bats best when his confidence is up.

    A quiet player who can often get into his head too much, Van Zyl is classic in every way. He'd rather drive than have a slog, he'd rather leave than sweep, and does this in every format.

    Van Zyl was superb in the four-day game, finishing as second-highest scorer with 673 runs in 12 innings at an average of 61.18.

    He scored 341 runs in 12 games at an average of 34.10 in the one-day competition last year. After starting off well, he lost a bit of form.

    There's no doubt he'll be gunning to make up for it this year. 

Quinton De Kock

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    After his unbeaten century for the Lions against Otago in the Champions League, almost everyone knows who Quinton de Kock is.

    A feisty wicket keeper, who can sometimes get a bit too involved, De Kock is the epitome of the new-age cricketer.

    See ball, hit ball.

    That strategy is somewhat hit and miss, but with a little bit of TLC, De Kock could go on to become one of the best players in the shorter format of the game. 

Hardus Viljoen

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    Hardus Viljoen took 20 wickets at an average of 13.40 in just eight one-day domestic games last season.

    Another bowler who has genuine, intimidating pace, Viljoen has been playing cricket since 2008. However, it's only since his move from the Titans to the Lions that he's really started to blossom.

Kyle Abbott

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    Kyle Abbott took 49 wickets in nine games at an average of 15.36 in the four-day competition last year, and made his Test debut with a bang, taking nine wickets for 68 at an average of 7.55.

    At only 26 years old, Abbott has plenty of time to "come of age" and develop into a real fearsome swing bowler, which will make him a handy asset in all formats. 

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