Lopsy joins Dolphins

2012-04-14 00:00

LONWABO Tsotsobe will represent the Dolphins next season and the tall Proteas paceman said that he was looking forward to the challenge of playing for the KwaZulu-Natal franchise.

The 28-year-old Tsotsobe has spent his entire domestic career playing for Eastern Province and the Warriors since making his first-class debut in 2004, but he said that the move to Durban would hopefully help him to up his game.

Tsotsobe told The Witness: “It was not an easy choice to leave [Warriors].

“But in life you need to challenge yourself and I felt that I was in a bit of a comfort zone at the Warriors.

“I will be able to challenge myself at the Dolphins.

“Looking at my career I’ve had some success in Durban so it was a good fit,” he added.

Tsotsobe has played five Tests for his country, but he has really made his mark in the limited-overs arena and he is currently the number-one ranked one-day international bowler on the International Cricket Council’s rankings.

However, Tsotsobe’s international commitments may well severely curtail his Dolphins’ career.

South Africa tour England in July and September and the Proteas will be in action almost continuously after that as they play in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka before a tour to Australia.

They then host New Zealand and Pakistan from December through to March.

Tsotsobe’s probable enforced absence is something that the Dolphins’ hierarchy is well aware of.

“We understand that he will not be with us for the entire season, but he can also help to grow some of our young bowlers, especially someone like [left-arm seamer] Mthokozisi Shezi,” Dolphins chief executive Jesse Chellan said.

“Lonwabo is mainly involved in the one-day team and we hope that when [South Africa] play Tests he will be available for us, especially when the Proteas are playing at home.

“We haven’t been that successful in four-day cricket and we would like him to play as much first-class cricket for us as possible,” he added.

Tsotsobe played just two matches for the Warriors last season, one four-day SuperSport Series game and a One-Day Cup match.

Left-arm quick Tsotsobe said that, regardless of how many times he played for the Dolphins, he would always give his best for the franchise.

“I always take things one game at a time and focus on the task at hand so, if I am playing for the Dolphins then that is what I will be concentrating on. If you perform well for the Dolphins then that gets you into the Proteas,” he explained.

Tsotsobe has committed to a one-year-deal with the Dolphins and Chellan said that he could not be happier about Tsotsobe’s decision to move to KZN.

“From our side we wanted him to strengthen our bowling attack. Lopsy adds good depth and most importantly, strike-power. We have been trying to secure his services for a while now and we have finally done it,” he added.

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