Published: June 26, 2020 8:25:17 pm
South Africa were forced to call off their tour of India midway in March. Since then the Proteas haven’t set foot on the cricket field.
“One of my biggest motivations is to try and get better and stronger,” Phehlukwayo told ‘Sport24’.
“If I can get 10 percent or 5 percent better, it’ll go a long way and it’ll also prolong my career. This lockdown has been the perfect opportunity to work on myself, to work on my fitness and on things outside of cricket,” he added.
The 24-year-old hasn’t featured in the Proteas red-ball side since January 2018.
“The Test team is definitely a space where I want to be. I want to challenge myself, I want to compete in that space for as long as possible or for long as the team needs me.
“I want to make an impact in the Test arena. It’s the biggest and hardest place to play. For any cricketer, if you’re playing Test cricket, it’s the ultimate game. I have 4 Tests matches. If I could possibly go to 100, that’ll be nice,” he added.
Regarded as as a bowling all-rounder, Phehlukwayo feels he will be able to shine with the bat with experience.
“Personally, I feel like I am a genuine all-rounder. I probably need to give myself a better opportunity with the bat at times, but that also comes with age,” he said.
Looking back at the first four years of his career, Phehlukwayo is grateful for what he has achieved but admits he is a work in progress.
“Yes, there are a lot of things that I can work on and am still working on, but I also need to allow for time to take its place and not rush things,” he added.