Matthew Breetzke: A Rare Talent From South Africa
Who is Matthew Breetzke?
An aggressive opening batsman, Matthew Breetzke has shown immense potential at a young age. Matthew Breetzke won the award for the best South African U-19 player in 2018 after a phenomenal season. He looks up to Kevin Pietersen and bats with the flare and style to match his hero. Born in 1998, Matthew Breetzke has a long career ahead of him and will no doubt go on to play for South Africa at the highest international level.
Matthew Breetzke: The schoolboy cricketer
Like man young cricketers, Breetzke looked at ease when playing school cricket. He attended Grey High School in Port Elizabeth and that school has produced some amazing cricketers in the past, like Graeme Pollock and Atholl McKinnon. More recently, Wayne Parnell and Johan Botha attended Grey High School. With four main cricket pitches, seven grass nets and ten artificial nets, the school is a paradise for keen cricketers. Breetzke certainly made the most of these facilities, earning the nickname ‘Pup’ as he was the youngest in the school’s first XI team when he broke in. However, he started out playing for his relevant age group. When he was playing at an U-9 level, he smashed 154 not out. A few years late, as an U-14 cricketer, he hit another century. In the next year, he became a first XI regular and averaged 38 for their first team during his time in the top team. This included several imposing knocks against some of the best cricketing schools in South Africa. While Breetzke displayed his talent at a schoolboy level, he has been sublime for South Africa’s U-19 team.
Matthew Breetzke: South Africa Under 19 Team
Breetzke was first involved with South Africa’s U-19 team in late 2016. During his time with this team, Matthew Breetzke has scored runs for fun. In the 2018 season, Matthew Breetzke pummeled the West Indies U-19 team, taking 300 runs in just five innings. In addition to this, he hit 243 runs in a short tri-series involving England and Namibia. As a result of these strong performances, Breetzke was named in South Africa’s U-19 squad for the U-19 Cricket World Cup. In that tournament, Breetzke hit 203 runs in six innings against some of the world’s brightest prospects. This included a sublime knock of 115 (132) against New Zealand in their home conditions. With all of this taken into account, the South African Cricket Board awarded Matthew Breetzke the honour of being South Africa’s U-19 player of the season.
Matthew Breetzke in England
As mentioned earlier, Matthew Breetzke has a lot in common with his hero Kevin Pietersen. One other area of common ground they share is that they both have close connections to England. Obviously, Kevin Pietersen was an England legend, despite originally being South African, and Matthew Breetzke actually has an English passport. He has used this to his advantage and spent some time playing cricket in England to help develop his game. Whilst Matthew initially wanted to go over to England to play club cricket, he ended up playing a few matches for Lancashire’s second XI. The standard of second XI County Cricket is still very high and Matthew Breetzke would have benefited greatly from playing cricket overseas. However, despite some speculation, his future is committed to the South African cricket team and not England.
Matthew Breetzke: South African Cricket Team
With the kind of talent he has, we would not be surprised if that happens soon and will leave it to that.