Blue Label T20 all-rounder, Wayne Parnell, made an admirable comeback from injury to play a crucial role in the Proteas' 12-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first T20 International on Friday in Colombo. Parnell says he is relieved to be back on the park after a frustrating period on the sidelines.
"It's great to be back in the Proteas' set-up," Parnell said on Saturday after a light training session in Hambantota. "It’s been frustrating being out injured for almost eight months so it was good to come back with a win."
He returned match figures of two for eight in three overs, and executed a brilliant show of death bowling with a double wicket-maiden in the 19th over.
"The 19th over is obviously an important one so I was happy to get it right,” Parnell said. “Death bowling is such a fickle art, some days you get it right and some days it doesn’t go so well, I’m just happy that I could make a contribution towards the victory.
"I've been working a lot with Vincent Barnes behind the scenes," he added. "We've been working on a few technical aspects which will hopefully come right on the field."
The Proteas arrived in the south-east town of Hambantota on Saturday, the venue for the last two T20 Internationals on Sunday and Tuesday.
They have a good record at the Mahinda Rajakapse International Stadium, where they hold an unbeaten record. They beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets and Sri Lanka by 32 runs during the ICC World Twenty20 played in September last year.
"It's quite a big field," Parnell said of the 35000-seater stadium. "The wicket looks quite good as well, so hopefully we can get some assistance from it in the match."