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McLaren's Protea recall an 'honour'

Ryan McLaren was recalled to the 15-man Proteas squad to face Australia in February.

Ryan McLaren was recalled in the 15-man Proteas squad to face Australia in February. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas all-rounder Ryan McLaren has told EWNSport his call-up to the Test squad is the culmination of his hard work.

The Chevrolet Knights man was recalled along with Wayne Parnell to replace Jacques Kallis and Imran Tahir in the 15-man squad to face Australia in February.

McLaren says he's honoured to have been selected and that this is a dream come true.

"It's always an honour to be included in any Proteas squad, but as far as Test cricket is concerned, that is the ultimate. I'm very excited and looking forward to the challenge. It's going to be a tough series but I can't wait to get going".

Despite a long list of injury concerns, McLaren is confident the Test squad will be firing on all cylinders.

"The guys have taken the necessary time out when they've needed it to make sure they're 100 percent for this series. I have no doubt that the guys will be in top shape fitness wise and skills wise to make sure come 12 February they'll be ready and firing."

McLaren has not yet set himself specific goals for the upcoming series.

"First you have to see if you make the starting eleven and then can start setting your mind to what role you're going to play in the team and how you can contribute in that role."

McLaren says his inclusion in the Test squad is proof that his hard work is paying off.

"When I started off I was seen as a bowling all-rounder. The last three or four years I've worked really hard on my batting. My bowling has been steady and it's something that has been my strength for quite a while. I've always tried to see myself as an all-rounder and try to make sure I can contribute with both".

The Proteas take on Australia in the first Test at Supersport Park in Centurion on 12 February.