A devastating swing bowler capable of tormenting any top-order when the Force is with him, Parnell can be an asset to the Cobras attack.
He is a product of the Eastern Province and the Chevrolet Warriors, and made a promising start to his international career for South Africa, especially in the ICC World Twenty20-tournament in 2009.
Injuries have curtailed his progress, and his form following a long period on the side-lines suffered.
Parnell is a wicket-taking bowler who showed promise when given opportunities in the white uniform for South Africa.
An example was his last test for South Africa at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth against Australia, where the Proteas won handsomely to square the test series in 2014.
Charl Langeveldt, South African bowling consultant to the Proteas at the Cricket World Cup, said Parnell will recapture his hostile swing of old shortly.
The fact that he was on the proverbial bench for the South African team extensively on tours the past four years, has not always been beneficial for Parnell, added Langeveldt.
Parnell, when he is operating at the peak of his powers, can operate at 140 kilometres per hour or quicker, and swing it both ways through the air.
His two centuries in limited-format games for the Warriors are testimonies to his ability with the bat. Incidentally, both were scored while opening the innings for the Eastern Cape-franchise.