CAPE TOWN - Most of South Africa’s avid cricket fans might not know the answer to the following Trivial Pursuit question. Who represented the SA u.19-team at age 13, represented the Momentum Proteas women’s team at age 16 and was selected by the ICC in the team of the tournament after the World Twenty20 women’s event in 2016 at the tender age of twenty.
Passionate fans of the Multiply Titans and the number-sixth ranked South African team would know the answer. Suné Luus is the multi-talented wonder kid who has got the world at her feet and has even had the Australian media searching for accolades to describe her feats.
Recently, she made scores of 52 and 60 while representing South Africa against Australia in the most unusual position as an opener after three regular openers became unavailable. Her performances Down Under in this position was remarkable, as the former Menlo Park High School-learner is more accustomed to playing in the middle-order.
She struck 168 runs against the number-1 ranked team in the world at a superb average of 42, and took ten wickets at a strike-rate of 17.3 with a best of 4-37, which is class personified.
As a leg-spinner, Hilton Moreeng, her coach, says she is a top-class performer, having been the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in the recent five matches in the ICC Championship campaign against Australia.
“Suné is the complete package. She is a brilliant slip fielder, she hits the ball crisply and as a spinner, she is consistent. She uses the regular leg-spin delivery and the slider. She is in the process of developing the googly,” he added.
Vincent Barnes, high performance manager of Cricket South Africa, says she is destined to become a world-class performer for South Africa.
One of her main attributes is her appetite for hard work, he says. She is fully devoted to her trades and does not shirk the hard yards.
“I sometimes feel she bowls too slowly, but in men’s cricket, leg spinners usually operate at a quicker pace. And it is important for Suné to produce the consistency,” he added.
“If she is not doing great work in the slips, she performs well as a sweeper on the boundary. She is the complete package and bound to become better with age,” Barnes said.
Luus has always considered AB de Villiers as her role model while the former captain of South Africa, Mignon du Preez has been somebody she has looked up to.
One of Du Preez’s greatest feats is that she struck a century on test debut for South Africa
A characteristic of Luus’ batting is that she is technically very sound, and well equipped to open the batting, said Moreeng. That is why she scored a career-best 60 while opening against the number-one ranked team in the world, Australia, and also struck 52 in the same series.
“What sets her apart as a cricketer is her game awareness. At the age of 20 she is showing the signs of becoming a global icon,” Moreeng added.