NZ vs SA 2022: Chances of playing two spinners together is very low says Simon Harmer
NZ vs SA 2022: South Africa spinner Simon Harmer has said that the possibilities of playing two spinners in tandem in New Zealand are very low, and he is very realistic about the situation.
New Zealand and South Africa will face off in two Tests, beginning February 17. The Hagley Oval will host the first Test match.
“I think if we’re realistic, if you look at the Hagley Oval, it’s probably the greenest and bounciest and quickest wickets in New Zealand so the chances of us playing two spinners are very low. So I’m just going to make sure that I’m available if needed. If something was to happen – Kesh has done extremely well in his international cricket thus far. And I’m always going to be a supporting act to him which I hope I can do to the best of my ability if the opportunity does arise,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Harmer as saying.
“But for this tour, I just have to work really hard and support the guys that will be playing and just to try and add value where I can, whether it be music in the change room, whether it be throwing balls, whether it be pushing guys to try and be better,” he added.
Harmer was selected for the New Zealand series because another spinner George Linde is getting married this month.
“This opportunity has arisen because things have happened. That’s how the sport works. There are injuries. There are other things. The whole dynamic that makes up the professional sport. I’m under no illusion as to why I’m here but I am here now and I’ve just got to try and show people what I’m about, what my brand is about. It’s obviously a long time since I’ve involved in the setup. I think I’ve matured a lot and I understand what I need to do and how I need to go about it,” said Harmer.
Harmer has also revealed that he is working on becoming a lawyer once his playing days are done.
“I have always kind of been the black sheep of the family. Always enjoyed my sport, never wanted to be in my room doing homework, always wanted to be outside. I didn’t know what I wanted to do study-wise. Got myself into trouble with the law and sort of found out through that it is an interesting field. That’s how I stumbled into law,” said Harmer.