Proteas and Knights cricketer Rilee Rossouw is for now fully focussed on doing well for his franchise in the national four day competition, starting with the Knights hosting the Warriors this week at Chevrolet Park in Bloemfontein.
Come Thursday, the team from the City of Roses will face a tough Warriors side filled with a mixture of youth and experience. And Rossouw, who was honoured as the Knights Player of the Year at the franchise’s recent prize giving, will be one of the go to guys with regards to batting for coach Sarel Cilliers. A couple of good batting performances by Rossouw will have the national selectors sitting up with regards to the coming tour to New Zealand, but Rossouw himself is just focussing on his batting and the runs that he can add to the Knights total.
“Right now I am staying in the moment and just taking it one day at a time. When it gets to that (selection for the national side) I will wrap my mind around it. At this stage I just want to go out and score some runs for the Knights. I want to benefit the team with my batting. I am very happy with my batting. I am in a good space and I am hitting the ball really well,” Rossouw said.
In a pre-season warm up match in Kimberley last weekend Rossouw scored 109 runs of just 80 balls and it seems that he is in very good knick with the bat. That is good news for the Knights as the Warriors would love nothing more than to gain momentum against the hosts on their home turf.
“The Warriors are a very good side. They have good local and international players. I have had a look at the wicket and it isn’t really bowler friendly. So the chance for scoring some runs is definitely there,” Rossouw concluded.
The Knights group from which the team for the Warriors game will be picked: Werner Coetzee (captain), Gihahn Cloete, Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, Rudi Second (w/k), Pite van Biljon, Tumelo Bodibe, Gerhardt Abrahams, Malusi Siboto, Corne Dry, Quinton Friend, Tumi Masekela, Johannes Diseko.