Young David Miller keen to make his mark at Dolphins this season

2009-09-10 00:00

WITH their opening SuperSport Series clash at the start of October against the Titans fast looming, the KZN Dolphins are slowly getting their full squad together.

While those on county duty, including coach Graham Ford, wrap up their seasons, the rest of the KZN charges are putting finishing touches to their preparations.

There are several niggles around the squad, with Yusuf Abdulla’s bowling shoulder the most high-profile.

The bubbly left-armer was in good spirits yesterday at Kingsmead, however, saying he will definitely be ready to face the Titans.

Also knocking about are the franchise’s “imports”, with Loots Bosman almost fully recovered from his horrific leg injury, and the familiar figure (to Maritzburg cricket, at least) of Mario Saliwa in KZN colours.

The Eastern Cape product returns to the province after a trying stint at the Eagles, where injuries proved a frustrating thorn in his ambitions.

“I am happy to be back in Natal, and eager to start a season injury-free,” Saliwa said.

The fast bowler will add much-needed depth to Imraan Khan’s bowling reserves, while Bosman’s swash-buckling style at the top of the order will certainly liven up proceedings.

Another batsman who will be looking to make a mark this season is David Miller, fresh from a stint at the National Academy.

“It was an amazing four months, and I am very keen to get going,” the left-hander told The Witness.

“There were a lot of tips and skills that we picked up from the likes of Ray Jennings and the other coaches, so it’s just a matter of trying to replicate that in the middle.”

Miller is keen to establish himself in an increasingly competitive middle-order.

With the Amla brothers, young Cameron Delport, Jon Kent, Pierre de Bruyn and the returning HD Ackerman all in the mix, early season form could be key to securing a regular berth.

Miller said, “I would like to play regularly, obviously in the four-day games to start. But I am also looking forward to a good limited overs campaign, especially after seeing the opportunities that can become available if you are in form.”

With fellow Academy graduates Khaya Zondo and Keshav Maharaj, Miller represents the burgeoning youths who are eager for a shot at the big time.

“It’s great that Fordie is coach now, and we just can’t wait to start working with him on a daily basis,” Miller added.

Continuing their build-up to the season, the Dolphins are facing an Academy XI at Kingsmead Oval today, though it is doubtful that the weather will allow for a full day’s play.

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