Klusener ‘not too worried about where title ends up’

2012-02-09 00:00

THE Dolphins’ race in the SuperSport Series might be run, but the men from KwaZulu-Natal will have a huge say in where the title will end up as they take on the Titans in Centurion today.

The Titans are second on the log, just 0,68 points behind the Cape Cobras, heading into the final round of matches, but Dolphins coach Lance Klusener is not concerned about the importance of today’s match for the hosts.

“We are not too worried about where it [SuperSport Series title] ends up,” he told The Witness.

“We are just concentrating on our own game and making sure that we do what we want to do.

“If that spoils someone’s hopes then so be it. But the last thing on my mind is trying to get the trophy to a specific part of the country.”

The Dolphins have enjoyed something of a revival under Klusener’s stewardship, winning one game and having the better of a credible draw against the Highveld Lions.

However, Klusener said that the team were still far from the finished product.

“There is still a long way to go, but I’m impressed with the way the boys have knuckled down.

“We need to maintain those energy levels, keep the boys working hard and we will reap the benefits at some stage,” he explained.

The Dolphins may have one SuperSport Series fixture to get through, but they have already turned some of their attention to honing their limited-overs skills ahead of the domestic T20 series, which starts on February 15.

Paceman Kyle Abbott has been rested for the match against the Titans, while Ahmed Amla returns to the squad after a long injury layoff to try and find some form ahead of the T20 series.

“We will zone in on four-day cricket when we get to the Titans.

“With there being so little time between the competitions we have got to try and maximise T20 [practice] especially in the position that we are in, in the SuperSport Series.

“It’s pointless putting too much time into four-day practice when we could be practicing for the T20,” said Klusener. The Titans have lost speedster Marchant de Lange and all-rounder Albie Morkel to the Proteas, but they still boast a formidable line-up that includes Jacques Rudolph, Faf du Plessis, Roelof van der Merwe and Paul Harris, all of whom have represented South Africa in the recent past.

 

Dolphins squad: Imraan Khan (captain), Divan Van Wyk, Vaughn Van Jaarsveld, Ahmed Amla, David Miller, Daryn Smit (wicketkeeper), Cody Chetty, Robbie Frylinck, Friedel de Wet, Imran Tahir, Mthokozisi Shezi, Prenelan Subrayen.

Titans squad: Tumelo Bodibe, Jacques Rudolph, Henry Davids, Martin van Jaarsveld (captain)

Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis, Heino Kuhn (wicketkeeper), Roelof van der Merwe, David Wiese, Paul Harris, CJ de Villiers, Rowan Richards, Ethy Mbhalati.

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