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Gibbs urges 'talented' Brevis to play first-class cricket: 'What separates good from great'

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Former Proteas star Herschelle Gibbs believes youngster Dewald Brevis should forgo some T20 cricket to focus on the longer format of the game.Brevis burst onto the scene this year, starring for South Africa at the U19 Cricket World Cup, and went on to make his Indian Premier League (IPL) and Caribbean Premier League (CPL) debuts.The 19-year-old became prominent on the local scene as he smashed the highest-ever individual domestic T20 score in last month's CSA T20 Challenge.Playing for the Titans, Brevis blasted 163 off 57 balls (13 fours and 13 sixes) against the Knights in Potchefstroom.Brevis' century came off just 35 balls, which was the fastest-ever domestic T20 ton.Brevis eventually ended as the second-highest run-scorer in CSA's T20 Challenge, as he scored 327 runs in his nine games for the Titans.Following his phenomenal form for the Titans, many were speculating when the teenager would make his Proteas debut.However, Brevis has yet to make his first-class debut for the Titans as the CSA 4-Day Franchise Series is currently under way.Gibbs, who played 90 Tests, 248 ODIs and 23 T20Is, insists Brevis needs to hone his game and get the much-needed growth from four-day cricket."He's in T20 form and he is a wonderful talent.

I think I speak on behalf of a lot of batsmen that have arrived on the scene a little bit earlier than the rest, you see growth in the first-class game," Gibbs said at the Gary and Vivienne Player Invitational last week."From a batting perspective, you don't grow in T20 cricket because there's only a certain amount that you can do in 30 or 50 balls. "There's a lot of emotion, not only technical ability, temperament.

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