Michael Cohen and Jesse Christensen are well on their way to achieving their dream of playing for the Proteas in the future.
The duo who are proud products of Gary Kirsten Cricket made their debuts for the South Africa Under-19 team this month during a Youth ODI series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
It was just reward after they both excelled for Western Province Under-19 at last December’s Kaya Majola Coke Week.
Cohen took his first international wicket against neighbors Zimbabwe and finished with figures of 1-37 in Paarl.
“Michael has grown from strength to strength and is a real talent,” said GKC Coaching Director, Ryan Van Niekerk who has mentored him over the past two years.
“He understands he has lots to work on, but for now the reward of a fantastic summer has been the selection into the South African Under-19 team. I will continue to work with Mike and help him where possible. He is a keen learner and understands the road is long but there are a lot of exciting things happening,” Van Niekerk added.
Christensen meanwhile showed exactly why he one of the country’s brightest young talents.
He scored a magnificent 101 against Sri Lanka in Cape Town.
“It’s great to see all his hard work pay off. He is a big talent to look out for and we are very proud of him,” Ryan Cook said.