Rookie Kleinveldt hoping to fulfill childhood dream of playing Perth Test

Johannesburg: South Africa fast bowler Rory Kleinveldt is optimistic about fulfilling his childhood dream of playing in Perth, which is touted as one of world’s fastest pitch, against Australia in the final Test match of the series, starting on Friday.

World No 2 bowler Vernon Philander is on track to be fit for the final Test and should retake his place in the playing XI.

However, expected quick conditions will give the selectors an interesting selection conundrum, which Kleinveldt hopes will go in his favour.

“I would definitely love to play at the WACA,” Sports24 quoted Kleinveldt, as saying.

“It has been a dream of mine to be honest, and from what I have heard from past players they have said that it is one of the quickest wickets in the world. It would be nice for me to get on there and have a go,” he added.

Kleinveldt overcame a disappointing debut performance to take three vital wickets in Australia’s second innings in Adelaide, and looked every part the accomplished bowler he has been on the domestic circuit.

“Going into the game not thinking that I was going to play helped a lot,” Kleinveldt said.

“Finding out half-an-hour before the game that I was playing because of Vernon’s injury, which is obviously not a nice thing to come into the side for, made me a lot more relaxed than what I was in Brisbane. I had nothing to lose, so I went out there and did my best,” he added.