They call him ‘The Chancellor of the Exchequer’ because he’s good with the economy!
Season one in South Africa has reached its conclusion and it was a mixed bag for our teenage spin prodigee.
Buster’s best batting efforts, 75 not and 55 both came in thrilling 3-day and 50 over matches respectably, the latter of which was won in the final over. An average of 38.60 at a strike-rate of 102.65 suggests that the workmanlike left-hander is capable of batting higher up the order.
With the ball, off-spinner Buster was economical throughout the campaign in all formats. Officially his best figures were 2-19 but his highlight was actually astonishing analysis of 10-5-9-0 in a 50 over match. Unfortunately that was soon followed by a 3-day outing in which van Dunk sunk without a trace, conceding in excess of 100 runs and failing to claim a wicket. His average currently stands at an alarmingly high 66.71 but an economy rate of 2.71 across multiple formats is something to be proud of. A strike-rate of 145.71 isn’t though!
There was little to cheer overall in the 3-day and 50 over competitions but six wins out of six brought T20 Cup victory. What a sweet way to round off the season that was for South Africa’s next great hope and his teammates.
Next year Buster’s exceptional economy needs to be maintained but more wickets must be added to the menu if van Dunk is to push for a pro contract.