It feels like my Proteas debut - Tsolekile

Thami Tsolekile of the Highveld Lions. Picture: Luigi Bennett/Backpagepix

JOHANNESBURG - Highveld Lions wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile said playing for the Proteas again will feel like his debut once more.

The wicketkeeper was added to the test squad to face England on Wednesday and could fly out this evening.

News about Tsolekile came after Mark Boucher announced on Tuesday that he had decided to retire from international cricket - after suffering a serious injury to the eye this week.

Tsolekile believes he is more than ready to step-up to the challenge.

“Obviously people have their own opinions. I’ve been doing well for the [Highveld] Lions for the past three seasons, so I’m probably more ready than I was when I did my [Proteas] debut.”

Despite having made his first international appearance in 2004, Tsolekile said he felt like the new kid on the block.

“It’s been so long since I’ve played for the Proteas, so it feels like I’m new to the team.”

He added that even though he was being flown out to join the squad, it was not a guarantee that he would be placed in the starting line-up.

He said it was a great opportunity, but that it would have been a lot “sweeter” if his appointment was made under different circumstances.

Tsolekile extended well wishes to Boucher - whom he said was an inspiration to him.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)