Even when he was just briefly hitting his straps, he could hurt top-orders. One example was when Parnell captured two for 31 in 8.3 overs and removed Alex Doolan and Shaun Marsh with successive deliveries in the second test against Australia at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth in 2014. An injury prevented Parnell from taking further part in the match, but South Africa romped to a 231-run win.
The new acquisition of the Cape Cobras believe that he could possibly produce consistent swing at pace soon, thanks to the assistance of the Cobras coach, Paul Adams.
Adams has suggested a few minor technical changes to Parnell’s bowling, and the fast bowler is keen to implement them when his rehabilitation from a hamstring grade-1 tear is completed.
Parnell is optimistic he will be ready for the opening match in the Momentum One Day Cup tournament on the 10th October. He is hoping he will be able to train at full intensity in the week before that opening match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.
“In India I bowled with very good rhythm before that unfortunate injury,” he said. Parnell, when he is on song, can operate at 145 kilometres per hour.
Add the fact that he could swing it both ways through the air and off the seam, and you have a potential weapon of mass destruction.
But he is yearning for consistency and the ability to swing it regularly, two factors that are required to make him even more prodigious.
“It is about getting back to basics and to repeat the things that Paul suggested. I would like to keep adding things to my batting, bowling and fielding and I’m excited when somebody come up with new methods to improve it,” he added.