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Harmer hails domestic set-up

January 04, 2015 05:57:53 UK

South Africa new boy Simon Harmer said his strong performance on Test debut against West Indies at Newlands spoke volumes for the standard of his country’s domestic competition.

Off-spinner Harmer was preferred to leg-spinner Imran Tahir for the final match of the Sunfoil Series – one in which the Proteas need to avoid defeat in to retain their Test mace.

If you look around the world at the different domestic competitions, I think South Africa is right up there.

Simon Harmer

And the 25-year-old Warriors player claimed three for 71 as the Windies were dismissed for 329 after winning the toss.

“It must be the level and standard of cricket at domestic level,” Harmer, who was picked on the back of a career record of 221 first-class wickets, said.

“If you look around the world at the different domestic competitions, I think South Africa is right up there.

“I think the structures that Cricket South Africa have put in place have contributed towards that and I think with South Africa being the number one Test playing nation in the world, there is a lot of pride and honour that goes with playing for your country.

“I’ve been told that playing at Newlands is the Test that you want to play in in South Africa.

“It was nice having a 90 percent crowd here today and even nicer having them on your side. A lot of the times when I have played here for the Warriors against the Cobras the crowd was against me so to play here – packed house, playing for your country, with everyone behind you – was quite special.”

Meanwhile, South Africa areĀ 5.00 to win the 2015 World Cup, with West IndiesĀ 13.00 and Sri Lanka 9.00.

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