Puttick, experienced 33-year old opener of the Nashua Cape Cobras, played in one One Day International against New Zealand in October 2005, but did not feature in the national squad since.
“The toughest job in South Africa is opening the batting, especially in conditions conducive to the new ball swinging and seaming around at the coast.
“If I had played in the middle-order, my average could have been higher,” said Puttick. His average is a more than decent 41.51 in 139 first-class games.
“I think I have done a really good job the past few seasons (averaging 46.18 in 2013/2014 and contributing 739 runs, and scoring 496 in 2012/2013 at an average of 41.33). I am happy with my numbers.
“I have contributed to the top-order and to the average of guys like Stiaan (van Zyl) and Justin (Ontong) by doing some hard yards up front,” he said.
Asked about his one cap for South Africa, Puttick said he might have been unfortunate to have featured in the same era as Graeme Smith, who represented South Africa for twelve years.
The past twelve years there have been only two opening spots, and it was difficult to get in there, he added.
“My average for the South African A-side is almost fifty. I cannot seem to get into that side for some reason. My average in South African first-class cricket is maybe the best for openers except for Dean Elgar. It is quite frustrating.
“By I’m not someone who would hassle the selectors. I would like to be noticed by putting runs on the board,” he said.
Puttick is very different from some of his peers, as he can easily convert centuries into 150’s or more. He amassed a biggest score of 241 in the 2013/2014-season.
“That is one of the things I have learned from Gary Kirsten. He was my role model as a young cricketer and a legend for Western Province and South Africa. He said it was never enough to score a century. You have got to convert it something bigger,” he said.
Puttick spends his off-seasons surfing, running in the mountains and doing technical training in the indoor-nets.
He usually spends some time with his colleagues Dane Vilas and SA Engelbrecht to improve his technique. They will give him honest feedback whenever they see some technical hiccups.
Asked about the Dungeons Challenge in Cape Town and whether he has contemplated entering, Puttick just laughs: “Those guys (entering the Dungeons Challenge) are a different breed. I like it to surf when the waves are small, and to keep it nice and relaxing.”
Puttick makes no bones about his goal of representing South Africa again. “I would like to play test cricket for South Africa and open the batting. I also enjoy it when the Nashua Cape Cobras win trophies. We would always like to do better and win more trophies.
“The feeling to be in the dressing room with your mates when you have won the cup is just incredible,” he says.