Dolphins all rounder Johan Louw has been called up to the South African squad for the forth coming ODI series against Kenya and Bangladesh. This is Louws first ever call up to the national team.
With Graeme Smith and Dale Steyn expected to miss the two matches against Kenya, but will feature against Bangladesh, and Ryan McLarens call up blocked by Kent, the Proteas would have been down to just 11 players for the two games against Kenya. Louw had been part of a training camp with the national team and has been officially added to the squad.
The 29 year old bowling all rounder has been in great form for the Dolphins in the last few seasons, as well as performing well in county cricket with Northamptonshire. Although Louw has featured in county cricket as a Kolpak player he is eligible to play for South Africa without breaking any county contracts as he was Northamps overseas player last year, and not a Kolpak player.
Louw has over 1000 runs and 150 wickets to his name in limited over cricket, both in South Africa and England. He was the Dolphins leading wicket taker in all forms of the game last season, returning impressive figures of 77 wickets at 16.68 in the four day competition and 24 wickets at 14.62 and an economy rate of 3.92 in 12 limited over games. He was also the Dolphins leading bowler in the Pro20 Series.
Louw is an opening bowler who relies more on variation and skill rather than pace, and is a useful lower order batsman. At 29 he has waited a long time for recognition but has never given up hope of playing for his country. It’s always pleasing to see domestic form rewarded with national honors and if Louw and Zondeki are given the new ball against Kenya it will be just rewards for the two leading domestic bowlers over the last couple of seasons.
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