EAST LONDON – Border coach Francois Plaatjies is thrilled Buffalo Park will be hosting the Africa T20 Cup finals as it will be another shop window for his destructive opening batsman, Marco Marais, to show off his power-hitting.
Marais was the standout player in Africa T20 Cup action last week, with the 24-year-old bludgeoning 295 runs, which included two undefeated back-to-back centuries. If that was not amazing enough, Marais enjoyed a phenomenal strike-rate of 189.10.
The Border batsman earned a reputation for clean striking after smashing the world record for the quickest triple hundred in first-class cricket history (off just 191 balls) last season.
“We don’t get a lot of big events coming our way, so to host the Africa T20 Cup finals this coming weekend is fantastic. The matches will also be televised so it gives a broader audience the opportunity to see what Marco is all about,” Plaatjies said.
Marais has certainly lit up the Africa T20 Cup and has put himself firmly in the frame for higher franchise action with the Warriors this season, and even possibly the upcoming T20 League competition set for November.
“I really think he can go all the way in the T20 format. He just needs opportunities,” Plaatjies said. “He is strong farm boy that hits the ball a far way with his long levers. It is simply not slogging either, there is a process which he follows. He looks to hit straight most of the time, and because his strikes it so cleanly even his mis-hits go for six.
“He hit one ball all the way out of Buffalo Park into the Snake Park. He has the temperament too. He showed it last season, scoring four centuries in the senior provincial competition.”
Marais boasts an overall List A record of 1 086 runs at an average of 37.44, while his T20 record is even more impressive with 691 runs at an average of 43.18.
Earlier today, Marco Marais took the game away from Mpumalanga with a brilliant unbeaten century, including seven fours and EIGHT sixes for Border. #AfricaT20 #WhereGreatStoriesStart #PitchVision pic.twitter.com/HCR72wn0ZQ— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) September 15, 2018
African News Agency (ANA)