England v South Africa: Proteas opener Sarel Erwee on journey from almost quitting to Check success

South Africa opener Sarel Erwee (right) celebrates his maiden Test ton against New Zealand with team-mate Aiden Markram (left)


Sarel Erwee hit his maiden Test century in his second match against New Zealand
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South Africa opener Sarel Erwee laughs as he goes through his notes on how to face England bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Board.

“I’m actually getting my book out here to give you some inside info,” he says.

Preparing to face a resurgent England when the first Test starts at Lord’s on Wednesday, the 32-year-old Erwee is on a high that is deserved after a decade of piling on runs in South African domestic cricket.

Just over two years ago, this high was unimaginable – Erwee was going to quit.

“It had nothing to do with my stats or feeling I was never going to play for South Africa,” he says.

“It was a case of what was going on in my personal life, away from the cricket field that was influencing my energies and…