Malan says the long wait for his debut was worth it

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While South Africa may have lost the second Test at Newlands to England, one of the positives that came from the game was the debut of opening batsman Pieter Malan.

In the second innings the 30-year-old top-scored with a gritty 84, the ninth ever highest score by a debutant in the fourth innings of a test.

It has been a long wait for the Cape Cobras batsman, who admits that he had almost given up on the dream of representing his country when he was younger.

The Nelspruit-born batsman says that while it has been a long road to get this chance, it was worth it.

Malan says that playing for his country is a privilege; and it was an amazing experience playing against England at Newlands.

One of the things noticeable about Malan’s game is how aware he is of where his off stump is when leaving balls. He says this is something that has come later in his game.

Malan says a lot of credit must go to Cobras coach Ashwell Prince, and he is very grateful for what the former Proteas batsman has done for his game.

Report by Rob Delport