Proteas coach Mark Boucher has welcomed the selection posers thrown at him during their five recent Twenty20 Internationals against England and Ireland.

South Africa came out tops, losing the first clash against the Poms before fighting back to win the three-match series 2-1, with some stand-out performances from the likes of Reeza Hendricks, Tristan Stubbs and Rilee Rossouw with the bat.

They then continued their momentum, winning two more games on the trot against the Irish to walk away 2-0 series winners, as Wayne Parnell starred with the ball to pick up five wickets for 30 runs in his four overs to lead the team to a 44-run victory at Gloucestershire on Friday night.

With the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia on the horizon, Boucher is relishing the headache he faces as players continue to raise their respective games in the build-up to the showpiece in October.

“I think it’s great competition in the squad at the moment, in quite a few different positions as well. We did give a couple of opportunities to guys to see what they can do and they came good, which is great for us to see,” Boucher said in a press conference after wrapping up their 20-over matches last night.

“I like the fact that all our players at the moment are playing the brand of cricket that we want to play, it’s exciting – not maverick cricket but it’s certainly smart cricket as well.

“So, our skill levels have been up quite a bit and I think it can only be good for our squad if guys are challenging each other for spots, and it’s a good headache to have when there are so many guys vying for positions, especially with the World Cup around the corner.”

The Proteas will now shift their focus to the three-match Test series against England, with the first set for Lords on 17 August 2022.

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