Parkinson presses ODI case
The leg-spinner was the pick of England's spinners in their first warm-up win over a CSA XI
Matt Parkinson pushed his case for a maiden One-Day International appearance by putting in a strong performance in England's first warm-up win against a Cricket South Africa XI.
Parkinson, who was part of the Test touring party but did not feature in the 3-1 series win, finished with 2/24 in a 77-run win which was not as straightforward as it might seem.
Set a below-par 241 to win, the hosts set a solid platform at 90/1 from 17 overs when Parkinson struck in his third over, skipper Jean du Plessis stumped by Jonny Bairstow.
The 23-year-old then bowled Jesse Christensen for two to put a half to their chase, finishing his first spell with outstanding figures of 2/18 from six.
England's other bowlers started to find inroads from then on, taking the next six wickets for just 33 runs, and Parkinson returned for two more economical overs before Chris Jordan finished things off.
The Three Lions were indebted to Jason Roy's century to get to 240 all out, falling almost six overs shy of batting their full allocation.
Parkinson's Red Rose team mate, Saqib Mahmood, was not in action but may get a chance to impress tomorrow (Saturday 1 February) in their second warm-up match before the series begins in Cape Town on Tuesday.
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