The 31-year old Kleinveldt was superb against the Lions at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Saturday. His miserly bowling limited the hosts to just 32 runs in 10 overs, while he captured a wicket.
He was comfortably the best bowler on view for South Africa A against the England Lions, and captured nine wickets in the unofficial test series. It included four for 127 in thirty overs in a high-scoring draw at Paarl in the first unofficial test.
Kleinveldt also took three for 53 and restricted the Lions to 260 in their first innings of the second unofficial test in Bloemfontein.
“His length is very important. Rory can move it both ways off the seam, and he can also swing it. Currently he operates with good rhythm, and he has got his zip back,” said Adams.
Kleinveldt nursed two injuries in 2014 which effectively side-lined him for more than six months.
He was on the verge of being selected for the second test at St. George’s Park against Australia before South Africa decided Vernon Philander is fit to play.
And Kleinveldt missed out to selection in the third test at Newlands when the selectors opted for Kyle Abbott.
Since then, he had to fight injury and lost some momentum in the campaign to regain his place in the national team.
But Kleinveldt’s fight-back has gathered steam.
According to the experienced coach, there is no reason why Kleinveldt cannot add to his 20 international matches for South Africa. Consistently taking wickets and performing to his ability, are the keys that will unlock the door to selection, he added.