Tait key to Dolphins’ fortunes

2011-09-10 00:00

DOLPHINS coach Graham Ford said Australian paceman Shaun Tait will add a wealth of experience to the team, which is targeting success in the Standard Bank Pro20 series this season.

“Tait is widely travelled and will provide the squad with a huge presence which will help the younger players in the side grow,” said Ford.

The Australian right-arm fast bowler has been named the fastest bowler in the world.

The T20 specialist has consistently delivered balls at around 150km/h, with his fastest recorded ball being 161km/hour.

Tait said that having played last year in Durban during the Champions Trophy, he knows that he is really looking forward to getting back and bowling at a ground that suits him.

Tait will have a similar role in the team that English batsman Kevin Pietersen had in the 2010/11 season, said Ford.

“Although Pietersen didn’t play many games for the Dolphins, his experience worked well with the younger players in the group.”

Dolphins captain Imraan Khan believes that Tait will add firepower and a wicket taking ability to the attack, which also features Quinton Friend, new signing Robbie Frylinck, Kyle Abbot and Mthokozisi Shezi.

The Dolphins tasted early success when they beat the Cape Cobras in a T20 pre-season friendly match last month.

Ford said that the Dolphins began a process of rebuilding last year, and the fruits of this labour should start taking root this year.

“Obviously we would like to win as many games as possible, but we have a young squad and the focus is continuous improvement and working on each individual’s skill set to make them the best player they can be,” he said.

jonathan.faurie@witness.co.za

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