Monday, September 25, 2023
Monday, September 25, 2023

All-rounder Jansen’s love for batting helps ease pressure in crucial position

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Fortunately for the Proteas, Marco Jansen really enjoys batting because if not, the all-rounder role would break him. 

Jansen enjoys batting so much that net sessions, often a chore for most cricketers, are actually quite fun.

“I enjoy batting a lot more than bowling,” he said after a man-of-the-match performance in the final ODI against Australia in which he delivered emphatically in both departments. 

The Proteas won by 122 runs at the Wanderers to secure the series 3-2, having come back from 2-0 down.

With the bat, Jansen stroked an adventurous 47 off 23 balls, hitting four fours and three sixes. With ball he took 5/39, breaking the back of the Australian run chase.

Both efforts were career bests, and besides bringing a smile to the face of the 23-year-old, also indicated greater solidity for the Proteas in an area critical for the team’s balance. 

Before Sunday he was inconsistent with the ball, admitting that in the first two matches in Bloemfontein he was trying to swing the ball.

“That was my downfall. I was focusing too much on something that is not always going to be there. After Bloem I focused a lot more on hitting the wicket with a bit more energy.”

The better bounce on offer at SuperSport Park and the Wanderers provided Jansen with more assistance, but he’s aware that Indian pitches will be much different.

“It’s all about adapting to conditions. Your game changes in a certain way in different places. For me it is about keeping my mindset the same.”

Jansen’s maiden five-wicket haul saw him finish as the series’ joint-leading wicket-taker on eight alongside Keshav Maharaj and Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa. Proteas head coach Rob Walter said he expected Jansen to make even more of an impact at the World Cup. 

“Marco has got huge potential and we saw him realise a little of it [on Sunday] in that he contributed at both ends — with bat and ball. There is so much more in the tank with him,” Walter said.

“It was good he put in performances with bat and ball, but I understand he is not even close to his ceiling yet and that is what I will be pushing him towards.”

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