Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
2 minute read
7 Apr 2022
11:03 am

Rickelton admits excitement got better of him in first Proteas knock

Ken Borland

"I was a bit too expansive and gave my wicket away," says batter about first innings in Test cricket.

New Proteas batter Ryan Rickelton is upset he gave his wicket away in his first Test innings. Picture: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images/Getty Images

New Proteas batter Ryan Rickelton has admitted excitement got to him in his first Test innings for South Africa against Bangladesh in Durban last week.

The 25-year-old left-hander, who is also an accomplished wicketkeeper, hit a bright 21 in the first innings, boldly getting off the mark with a reverse-sweep for four, before he mistimed a pull shot off fast bowler Ebadot Hossain and looped a catch to mid-on.

In the second innings he showed more composure under pressure, as he batted through a collapse to finish with 39 not out.

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Rickelton said it was an extremely exciting prospect to make his debut.

“It was an awesome experience. I was honoured to represent my country and to step into the Test arena is something I dreamt about since I started playing,” he said.

“My dad came down the night before the game once I was told I was playing. We’ve been through thick and thin together since I was a little boy. He was over the moon and probably even more excited than me.

“And I was probably a bit too excited and played a few too many shots! I was a bit too expansive and gave my wicket away. In the second innings, I was a lot more composed and controlled, back to my normal self.

“I’m not sure if it was brave or stupid the way I got off the mark, but when you’re that excited it’s tough to fight it and you just have to let it happen and try and make the best decisions,” Rickelton said.

The Johannesburg-born, St Stithians product has been one of the most successful batsmen in domestic cricket this season and he has a first-class average of 51.21, having hit 10 centuries in 37 matches.

The second Test starts in Gqeberha on Friday.