Dolphins aim for early ascendency in clash against Titans

2011-10-06 00:00

THE Dolphins will look to focus on building a solid foundation in the first session of the SuperSport Series match against the Titans, and then building on it throughout the remaining four days.

The game, which starts at the Pietermaritzburg Oval today, is the Dolphins’ second game in the competition.

Star batsman David Miller, who was recently recalled to the Protea ODI and T20 squads, told The Witness that the team was disappointed at not being able to win the drawn game against the Lions in Johannesburg last week, and that the team will take the lessons learned and apply them to today’s fixture.

“We batted really well against the Lions and really felt that we could have won that game. What we learned is that the first session on the opening day is key to building momentum and once you have it you need to capitalise on it,” said Miller.

He added that cricket is a game of basics and that sticking to these basics will be another focus of the team.

Miller scored 48 in the Dolphins first innings and he said that he was a bit disappointed that he could not push on to score 50 or even 100.

“I was happy that I could build a partnership with Hashim, but I was a bit disappointed that I went out when I did as I feel I am a more mature batsman who is able to push on and make big scores once in. My confidence is up there with most of the top batsman in the country,” said Miller.

He added that it is this confidence and consistency which has seen him being recalled to the Protea fold for the upcoming Australia series.

“I have had a lot of time to reflect on my game during the off-season and the mental aspect has definitely been a focus for me. I feel that given time to get my eye in, be it in the 50 over or 20 over game, I can make a meaningful contribution to the team.”

While Miller has one eye on the upcoming Australian tour, he added he is completely focused on producing the goods in the SuperSport Series.

The Dolphins have named a largely unchanged squad for the match against the Titans, with new signing Friedel de Wet being the only casualty.

jonathan.faurie@witness.co.za

Dolphins squad to face the Titans:

Imraan Khan (Captain), Daryn Smit, Hashim Amla, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Vaughn Van Jaarsveld, Ahmed Amla, Kyle Abbott, Robbie Frylinck, Keshav Maharaj, Divan Van Wyk, Dane Paterson, Saidi Mlongo.

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