Amla available for Dolphins’ opener against Titans

2009-09-30 00:00

THE Dolphins are set for their first dip of the season, as they face a strong Titans outfit in the SuperSport Series at Kingsmead from tomorrow.

The unexpected Proteas capitulation in the Champion Trophy has at least provided the domestic game a boost, with several Proteas now available for this week’s round of matches.

For the Dolphins, Hashim Amla will provide a hearty dose of calm in the top order.

Amla will be hardly available this summer, so the opportunity for the Dolphins to use his expertise is not lost on anyone at Kingsmead.

After a slow, even stop-start build up to the season proper, the Graham Ford – coached side finally have all the pieces of the puzzle in place.

The only man missing from tomorrow’s squad is Loots Bosman, who has been deemed a week short of full match fitness.

Not that the Dolphins lack options in the batting stakes.

Andrew Hall, Imraan Khan and Amla are all internationals, while Pierre de Bruyn has re-invented himself as an opening partner for captain Khan.

Ahmed Amla, David Miller and all-rounder Jon Kent complete a more than competent top seven, while Daryn Smit’s flexibility with bat, ball and gloves have been vital for the Dolphins.

Yusuf Abdulla and Quinton Friend are also over pre-season niggles, and they will be looking to utilize the new ball effectively.

Johann Louw, Hall and Kent provide further seam options.

Ford will play a critical role in managing the vast array of personalities and promising players within the Dolphins’ camp, but few are suited better to the unique challenges that come with driving KZN cricket.

It is not the first time, of course, but Ford wants nothing more than to see Kingsmead return to its former glory, where trophies and big crowds were more common than controversies and in-fighting.

Dolphins: Imraan Khan (c), Pierre de Bruyn, Hashim Amla, Ahmed Amla, Andrew Hall, David Miller, Jon Kent, Daryn Smit, Johann Louw, Yusuf Abdulla, Quinton Friend and Kyle Abbott.

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