Reeza Hendricks scores century on ODI debut as South Africa seal series against Sri Lanka

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South Africa's Reeza Hendricks stole the show on Sunday

Reeza Hendricks hit a debut century as South Africa sealed a one-day series win over hosts Sri Lanka with a 78-run victory in Kandy.

Hendricks was handed his chance at number three and hit 102 in 89 balls as the Proteas took an unassailable 3-0 lead with two matches to play.

JP Duminy fell eight short of making the day’s second hundred, one of four victims for Thisara Perera, as the Proteas racked up 363 for seven.

Sri Lanka were never in the hunt despite Dhananjaya de Silva’s 84, with Lungi Ndidi claiming four for 57 in a final total of 285 all out.

Faf du Plessis, who injured his shoulder while trying to take a catch in the 10th over and longer played a part in the game, lauded his players.

“We were brilliant today. Once again, the batting was fantastic. We played aggressive,” he said.

Speaking of Hendricks, he added: “Obviously, for a debutant to play that freely was great to see. Every game, there’s one or two guys putting their hands up.”

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Five things to know about Ollie Pope as Surrey youngster gets maiden England Test call-up

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Ollie Pope has been handed a maiden England Test call up.

Twenty-year-old Ollie Pope has a shot at a Lord’s Test debut this week after replacing Dawid Malan in England‘s 13-man squad to face India.

Here, Press Association Sport tracks what is known to date about the rising star from Surrey.

MADE IN CHELSEA

Pope has made his name at The Oval but was born just across the county border in Chelsea. If he gets the nod at Lord’s, he ought therefore still feel on familiar ground at the home of Middlesex – and cricket.

Pope will feel at home at the Lord's cricket ground.

Pope will feel at home at the Lord’s cricket ground.

FAST TRACK

It is less than 18 months since he made his first-class debut, for Surrey against Oxford MCC University in The Parks – as a wicketkeeper at number seven, from where he made a near run-a-ball 38 in his first innings of a drawn fixture. In his first professional match, in August 2016, he helped Surrey reach a Lord’s final in the Royal London Cup – showing no nerves, by making 20 in a 19-run semi-final win over Yorkshire at Headingley.

Popoe (l) has enjoyed meteoric rise in domestic cricket.

Popoe (l) has enjoyed meteoric rise in domestic cricket.

BLANK CANVAS

Such has been the speed of Pope’s progress on the rails, sports databases are still playing catch-up on their biography pages. Before his call-up on Sunday morning, a mere 2,000 Twitter followers – and a few more on Instagram – were keeping up to date with his news. Photographs of him are in short supply too, so there may just be some double-takes from stewards at the Grace Gates when he tries to pass himself off as an England cricketer on arrival for nets at Lord’s.

Pope has shot to fame overnight.

Pope has shot to fame overnight.

ANOTHER GRADUATE OF SURREY’S YOUTH SET-UP

Pope will be joining up again with his Surrey friend, long-time age-group team-mate, and fellow 20-year-old, Sam Curran. There will be echoes too of his first County Championship match, less than a year ago in late August last summer when – for the first time for any club since the Second World War – he was one of four teenagers in the home line-up against Middlesex at The Oval.

Curran, 152 days younger, was one of the others alongside Amar Virdi and Ryan Patel. Ben Foakes took the gloves and also made 73, batting one position above Pope. He has long been in the reckoning for a Test debut too, and was in England’s Ashes squad last winter, but at the age of 25 it seems the ex-Essex wicketkeeper is about to see Pope get there before him.

Pope is set to beat Foakes to an England Test debut.

Pope is set to beat Foakes to an England Test debut.

WELL TRAVELLED

Youth is no barrier to international experience these days, and Pope made sure he took his opportunity when he flew Down Under last winter to play Grade cricket for Campbelltown-Camden in Sydney. While England were losing the Ashes 4-0, he set about scoring plenty of runs – finishing just three short of 1,000 in 23 matches.

Pope has already accumulated plenty of experience.

Pope has already accumulated plenty of experience.

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Misbah-ul-Haq credits PSL for emergence of talented youngsters in Pakistan cricket team

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Misbah-ul-Haq believes the PSL has changed the face of Pakistan cricket.

Former Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has credited the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for the influx of young talent into the national team in recent months.

The likes of leg-spinner Shadab Khan and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf have all made significant strides in international cricket after emerging from the PSL.

The Pakistan batting great believes the PSL has changed the landscape of Pakistan cricket in recent times.

“I believe that the rise of the younger players has a lot to do with the PSL. We always knew that countries with their own T20 leagues such as India, where the players were getting a great opportunity to play alongside top players, were doing well at the international level,” Misbah said in an interview with PakPassion.net.

“On top of that, the gap between normal domestic cricket and the international level was too huge and that problem needed to be addressed properly. Thankfully, with three years of the PSL tournament now under our belts, we can see the difference in the way the Pakistani youngsters are performing in a confident manner and adapting so well at the international level,” the 44-year-old added.

Shadab Khan is one of several youngsters to emerge from the PSL.

Shadab Khan is one of several youngsters to emerge from the PSL.

While crediting the PSL for the emergence of the youngsters, Misbah also praised head coach Mickey Arthur for taking some hard decisions for the betterment of the team.

“I think Mickey Arthur has done an excellent job in creating a side with so many youngsters settling in well into a team where there is a great emphasis on a culture of discipline and where fitness is an important factor as well. Along the way, he has had to take some hard decisions and looking at the recent results, they are all paying off for the benefit of Pakistan cricket,” Misbah stated.

The former Pakistan skipper scored over 5, 000 runs in 75 Tests appearances for his country before calling time on his international career in 2017. He continues to take part in the PSL and led his side Islamabad United to the title in the 2018 edition.

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