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Jansen’s stellar rise sees Proteas all-rounder win prime ICC award

South African all-rounder Marco Jansen

After a stellar 12-month interval that is seen him turn out to be an everyday for the Proteas in Take a look at cricket, all-rounder Marco Jansen was named the ICC Males’s Rising Cricketer of the 12 months on Wednesday. 

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The 22-year-old received the award forward of New Zealand’s Finn Allen, Arshdeep Singh of India and Afghanistan teenager Ibrahim Zadran.

It has been an unimaginable rise for Jansen, who simply over a 12 months in the past was but to play for the nationwide staff.

Because the 2023 calendar kicked in, the two.09-meter-tall left-armer had turn out to be an integral a part of the nationwide setup, the place he has featured in 12 matches throughout all three codecs.

Jansen has made his mark in Take a look at cricket, specifically, the place he has performed eight matches, taking 36 wickets. 

His wickets within the recreation’s longer format got here at a formidable common of 19.02, with the lanky paceman bagging two four-wicket hauls and one five-for (5/35), which got here on the Oval in London throughout the Proteas’ tour to the nation throughout August and September.

He additionally recorded a maiden half-century (59) when South Africa confronted Australia in Melbourne throughout their year-end tour. Total with the bat, he collected 234 runs in his 13 innings over the previous 12 months.

Following the information of the ICC accolade, Jansen acknowledged that his first worldwide 12 months outdated his expectations. 

“I’m misplaced for phrases proper now after what I feel has been a dream 12 months for me,” a delighted Jansen stated. 

“By no means in my wildest desires would I’ve imagined taking 36 wickets and enjoying eight Take a look at matches for the Proteas in my first 12 months of worldwide cricket.

“So to have achieved this feat, with the cherry on prime of being named because the ICC Rising Males’s Cricketer of the 12 months, is unbelievable. I’m so grateful to everybody who made it doable for me to succeed in this level so early in my profession.”

Jansen continues to be discovering his toes within the shorter format of the sport and has represented South Africa in three ODIs and one T20 worldwide. 

Regardless of his stellar rise, Jansen is maintaining his toes firmly on the bottom.“No matter sport you play, it’s about longevity,” stated Jansen.

“I’m nonetheless a rookie in worldwide cricket, and these have been solely the primary steps of my journey. 

“I do not wish to be remembered simply by this award; I wish to turn out to be the very best and to get there a number of laborious work lies forward.

“I’m additionally nonetheless growing, and hopefully, with laborious work and dedication within the months and years forward, I will attain my full potential and turn out to be an excellent ambassador for South African cricket.

“For now, I’ll benefit from the second, however I look ahead to constructing on my achievements of 2022 in 2023,” Jansen concluded.

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