Dolphins aiming to play to their strengths against Titans

2011-10-05 00:00

DOLPHINS all-rounder Robbie Frylinck says the side is happy to be home and is ready to take on the Titans this week at the Pietermaritzburg Oval.

This is the Dolphins’ second match in the SuperSport Series and the team will look to play to their strengths in order to capitalise on the fact that the Titans lost their first match of the competition to the Knights in Pretoria last week.

The Dolphins drew their first game in a high-scoring affair in Johannesburg.

Frylinck took six first innings wickets against his former franchise.

“I am delighted with the way I bowled at the Wanderers, but the wicket was a bit more favourable to fast bowlers than we expected,” said Frylinck, who backed up coach Graham Ford’s comments at the weekend that the Johannesburg wicket would break up on the final two days of the match.

Frylinck said the focus this week will be to play to the team’s strengths and beat a strong Titans outfit.

Like the Dolphins, the Titans have a number of former and current Protea players in captain Martin van Jaarsveld, Morné Morkel, Jacques Rudolf, Paul Harris and Heino Kuhn.

A win against the Titans will depend mostly on strong performances from experienced players.

Both Hashim Amla and Vaughn van Jaarsveld stood out in Johannesburg, scoring 208 and 103 respectively, while Frylinck and Protea spinner Imran Tahir performed well with the ball, taking the bulk of the wickets in the match.

However, Frylinck added that the focus will be on the performance of the team and not of individuals.

“There were some good individual performances in the Johannesburg match, but the focus has always been on what is the best for the team. We look to continue with this focus against the Titans,” said Frylinck.

The Dolphins are second in the SuperSport Series after the opening round of matches, and a win at home could see them go top.

Another loss for the Titans will see them languishing at the bottom, a position the Pretoria side have not been in for a number of years.

Frylinck said he is not disappointed in being left out of the recently named Proteas limited-overs international and T20 squads, saying that he needs to put in a few more good performances in order to get a look in.

If the selection panel at Cricket South Africa is consistent in its new policy of resting senior players in the shorter versions of the game, as is the case with Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn in the upcoming T20 games against Australia, then the all-rounder position is open in that format.

Frylinck could then find himself in a tussle with the likes of Ryan McLaren and Rusty Theron for this position. McLaren also starred for the Knights over the weekend.

“This is not my focus at all at the moment. There have been no discussions at CSA where my name has been mentioned. All I am looking to do is to perform the best to my abilities and to make a meaningful contribution to the team,” said Frylinck.

•jonathan.faurie@witness.co.za

Matches this week:

Dolhpins vs Titans — Pietermaritzburg —

October 6 to 9.

Knights vs Lions — Kimberly — October 6 to 9.

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