Former under-19 coach Shukri Konrad, who was in charge of the age-group team at the 2022 World Cup where Brewis was top-scorer, and former Central Stags coach Rob Walter were announced as South Africa’s new red and whites. Ball coaches are eager to fast-track both young talents, respectively, and Brewis is top of mind. He has become the most talked-about batsman in South Africa, more so when he scored 162 off 57 balls in a home T20 match in October, a week before the national men’s side failed to chase down 159 in the T20 World Cup. The cup match against the Netherlands and his increased calls for immediate promotion. South Africa’s Director of Cricket Enoch Nkwe has heard him out and plans are on to bring Brewis into the senior set-up soon.
“There’s a lot of noise around Brewis. We know how good he is. He’s shown it in SA20, he’s played some good cricket and he’s been pretty consistent in T20 cricket,” Nquay said. “In terms of youth, in reality going forward, we may have to do a David-Warner type of approach where there is going to be a phase of transition from Under-19 cricket to professional cricket to T20s and then ODIs and then Test cricket . That’s something we hope to happen in the future.”
Warner, who played his 100th Test against South Africa at the MCG, had just 20 domestic white-ball caps before making his international debut in the T20Is against South Africa and had played only 11 first-class matches before his Test debut. Brewis already has more experience than him in the shorter formats. He has played 37 T20s and six List A matches, including IPL, CPL and SA20, but is yet to play a first-class match. As part of a strong Titans squad that is third in the four-day domestic competition, and boasts names such as Test captain Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Theunis de Bruyne and Heinrich Klaasen, Brewis will be one to watch out for. It has become difficult. -in but playing him in the longer formats is uppermost in Naqwe’s mind.
Enquay said, “We understand that someone like Brewis has a lot of cricket to play and now we have to see how do we get him into that longer format? We know he can give a lot to South African cricket.” “
When asked specifically whether Conrad and Walter have been involved in the discussion about Brewis, the Enkewe would do no more than reiterate their commitment to development. “Both the coaches are big believers in taking care of the younger generation but not just throwing them in the deep end,” he said. “It’s about having a very clear detailed plan of each individual that has been identified and how they are going to be part of the Proteas set-up.”
Ultimately, whether or not Brewis plays for South Africa will not rest with Conrad and Walter alone. Selection coordinator Victor Mpitsang and Patrick Moroney are the other two people involved in picking players and although the coaching set-up has changed, both are contracted until the end of the year. He will be in charge of naming the group of players that will take on England in three World Cup Super League ODIs later this month. Given Brewis’ form – he scored an unbeaten 70 off 41 balls in the SA20 opener and 42 off 34 balls in the third game – he could be a wildcard pick for the crucial matches for South Africa. They need to win at least one ODI to be in contention for automatic qualification for this year’s 50-over World Cup and with Nkwe saying the T20 and ODI formats are “close to each other”, it is Brevis’ It may be time to graduate big time.
The team is expected to be announced later this week but Walter will not be in charge for now. The new coach will start work from next month and an interim appointment will be made for the England series.