Dolphins handed Miller boost ahead of Supersport Series clash with Cobras

2011-01-20 00:00

THE KZN Dolphins, currently third on the SuperSport Series table, will go into today’s clash against the Cape Cobras with quiet confidence, especially after last week’s fightback against the Titans.

Speaking to The Witness last night, Dolphins coach Graham Ford said it was very pleasing to see the way his charges had fought in Benoni, and he expects a similar approach against the Cobras at Kingsmead.

“It was very pleasing to see the guys come back in that first innings, and then also to see them create pressure with the ball.

“We are obviously missing Imran [Tahir], and everyone knows that he has been a big part of what we have done up to this point of the season,” Ford admitted.

Without the World Cup-bound leg-spinner, the Dolphins have had to work a lot harder for their wickets.

“I wasn’t at all surprised that he was chosen to go to the World Cup, and his absence now means the other guys have a challenge to step up to,” Ford added.

Though Tahir made it, fellow Dolphin David Miller was left out at the 11th hour.

“He is a strong character, and I am sure he will bounce back from this,” Ford said.

“He missed out on the under-19 World Cup a few years ago, but he managed to get over that and look at where he is now.”

The upshot of Miller’s non-selection is that he is now available to the Dolphins for the rest of the season, and the hugely talented leftie will get a chance to get in the runs straight away in today’s game.

Miller will link up with a beefy squad, as Matthew Hulett and Nash Govender were also added to the squad after their exploits for the KZN Coastal side.

“Hulett is a talent that we had earmarked at least 18 months ago,” Ford enthused.

“We felt that he had what it took to play at this level down the line, but his numbers this season have warranted a call-up,” the coach added.

This is the last four-dayer for the Dolphins before the hurly-burly of the Pro20 Series next week.

“We are second as it stands, and it would be nice to keep going and see where we finish at the end of the season,” Ford concluded.

 

SQUAD: Imraan Khan (Captain), Divan van Wyk, Ahmed Amla, Glen Addicott, David Miller, Loots Bosman, Daryn Smit, Kyle Abbott, Quinton Friend, Mthokozisi Shezi, Devon Conway, Jon Kent, Keshav Maharaj, Matthew Hulett and Nash Govender.

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