If you take things for granted, Mother Cricket is going to kick you on the backside: South Africa pacer Marco Jansen

Marco Jansen is currently in England where he is taking part in the three-match Test series against the Three Lions. He picked up four wickets in the first Test at Lord’s.

Jansen doesn’t take things for granted to avoid Mother Cricket’s ‘kick on the backside. Courtesy: PTI

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marco Jansen played the Lord’s Test against England
  • Jansen picked up the crucial wicket of Joe Root in that game
  • Marco Jansen made his Test debut last year

South Africa fast bowler Marco Jansen has come up the ranks since he made his debut against India last year in December at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. After picking up five wickets, including a four-fer in the second innings of his maiden Test, the left-armer hasn’t looked back.

Recently, he picked up four wickets in South Africa’s massive win over England in the opening Test at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. One of his wickets was that of former Three Lions’ skipper Joe Root, who scored only 14 runs across two innings of the match.

Jansen bowled an in-dipper and the ball jagged back to strike Root on the pads. Apart from Root, Jansen also has Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara as his major Test victims.

“I didn’t expect the ball to swing that much. The plan was to stick around that off stump or fourth stump area and let the ball pass through there. If it nips back then it brings all dismissals into play and if it just straightens, you can nick him off. When you get the big names out, it’s always a good feeling,” Jansen was quoted as saying on ESPNcricinfo.

Although he has also played two ODIs and one T20I, it’s in Test cricket that Jansen has been able to make a name for himself. Jansen talked about his love for the purest format of the game.

“I enjoy the red-ball format. It’s the format where what you put in, you get out. If you bowl well, you will get wickets. If you bat well, you will score runs. That’s what I have enjoyed the most. And just being around the guys, they make it lekker [nice] to play the game,” he stated.

South Africa have developed a strong bowling attack over the last few months. However, Jansen said that the bowlers need to keep working hard and can’t afford to take things for granted.

“I wouldn’t say we are unbeatable. We put in the hard yards and we are still putting in the hard yards. We don’t take anything for granted because we know when we do that, Mother Cricket is going to kick you on the backside,” Jansen added.

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