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McLaren enthused by spike in form

December 29, 2014 12:00:49 UK

South Africa’s World Cup hopeful Ryan McLaren thinks the change of format to first-class cricket has been integral to his improved form with the bat.

McLaren had a wretched one-day international series in Australia recently, accruing just 15 runs at an average of five, but his scores in the Sunfoil Series since returning have been exceptional.

The hard-hitting left-hander followed up his 121 not out and an unbeaten seven in the drawn match with the Chevrolet Warriors in Pietermaritzburg before Christmas with an undefeated 126 against the Unlimited Titans in Durban.

The efforts from the 31-year-old from number seven allowed the Sunfoil Dolphins to post 508 and enforce the follow-on with the visiting team a mammoth 300 runs behind on first innings.

“It’s a funny game as we all know and a few weeks ago in Australia it was really tough for me to score runs in that series,” said McLaren.

“Four-day cricket has allowed me to bat time at the crease and it’s paid dividends.”

McLaren will be hoping to make the cut in South Africa’s final squad for the 2015 World Cup – due to be sliced in half from the preliminary 30 inside the next fortnight.

However, despite being a regular feature in the past couple of years the competition for places in the pace department will be intense with left-armer Beuran Hendricks and Rory Kleinveldt back from injury and youngster Kagiso Radaba all coming into the equation.

South Africa are currently priced 5.00 to win the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

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