Miller back to boost Dolphins’ semi-final charge

2010-11-11 00:00

THE KZN Dolphins have added David Miller to their squad for this weekend’s pair of MTN40 matches.

Miller, who was a massive part of the Dolphins’ charge to last season’s final of the same competition, returned from national duty against Pakistan yesterday.

Miller takes the place of Cameron Delport in the squad, but it will be interesting to see just who he replaces in the starting line-up.

Glen Addicott has come in and showed plenty of promise and power, but that may be not enough to keep the hard-hitting Inland star in the team to face the Lions tomorrow.

The experienced Ahmed Amla would appear to be the only other option to miss out, as he hasn’t bowled as much this season due to the introduction of two substitutes.

A middle-order housing the likes of Miller, Addicott and Vaughn van Jaarsveld suggests an explosive future for the Dolphins, but whether the selectors will go with that combination tomorrow against the Lions is debatable.

It is also yet to be confirmed whether or not Van Jaarsveld’s deal with the Dolphins allows him to play against his former franchise this season.

If he is eligible, it may well come down to a choice between poise (Amla) or promise (Addicott).

Whichever way they go, confidence at Kingsmead is as high as ever, and the Dolphins are handily placed to make the semi-finals.

Before last night’s match between the Cape Cobras and the Chevrolet Knights, the Dolphins had an eight-point cushion on the Cobras.

The Dolphins, who beat the Cobras in the first match of the competition at Kingsmead, may have to beat the same opponents away from home on Sunday to cement a spot in the final four.

But the Lions lie in wait tomorrow night at the Wanderers, and the Dolphins are keen to avenge last week’s rain-affected loss.

With their batters in fine form, and Miller adding even more explosiveness, the Dolphins will certainly fancy their chances.

The mood in the Kingsmead dressing-room has been one of quiet confidence thus far, and they are now headed towards the business end of this competition.

Squad:

Imraan Khan (captain), Loots Bosman, Ravi Bopara, Ahmed Amla, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Daryn Smit, Glen Addicott, David Miller, Kyle Abbott, Quinton Friend, Imran Tahir, Jon Kent, Tabraiz Shamsi, Mthokozisi Shezi.

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