A chance to impress selectors has gone begging for Andrew Tye and Ben McDermott after South Africa thrashed Cricket Australia XI by 41 runs in their Twenty20 tour match in Brisbane.
In reply to the Proteas’ 5-201, CA XI lost captain McDermott for two to yet another run out and never recovered to be restricted to 7-160 at Allan Border Field.
Coming off their 2-1 one-day series win, South Africa flexed their muscle against the unheralded CA XI in an ideal warm-up for Saturday’s one-off T20 international against Australia on the Gold Coast.
McDermott and quicks Tye and Jason Behrendorff were the only members of the CA XI who also feature in Australia’s T20 squad for Saturday’s Gold Coast clash and a three-match series against India starting on November 21.
But only Behrendorff impressed on Wednesday with 1-25.
The big hitting McDermott loomed as the key in CA XI’s chase but the 23-year-old only lasted four balls before being run out for the fourth straight time in his career.
McDermott was sent on his way after Max Bryant’s powerful drive flicked fast bowler Lungi Ngidi’s fingers before hitting the stumps on the non-striker’s end, catching the unlucky CA XI skipper short.
It extended a jinx for McDermott who was run out in all three innings in Australia’s recent T20 series against Pakistan in UAE.
CA XI slumped to 2-22 in the fourth over after McDermott was dismissed and they never recovered despite the best efforts of Alex Ross (40 off 35 balls) and teenager Bryant (36 off 22).
Earlier, Tye (0-55 off four overs) came off second best as South Africa set a daunting victory target.
After winning the toss, the Proteas showed no mercy as they cruised to 5-201 with Aiden Markram (45) and Heinrich Klaasen (41) getting starts.
South Africa still dominated the CA XI attack despite resting captain Faf du Plessis and David Miller – who both scored centuries in Sunday’s ODI win in Hobart – as well as veteran quick Dale Steyn.
Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock took over the reins but didn’t savour the captaincy at the crease, lasting just 10 balls before being dismissed by Behrendorff.
Gurinder Sandhu took 1-18 off three overs for CA XI.