Celebrations are over and it’s back to business for Dolphins

2014-02-13 00:00

CELEBRATIONS are over for the Dolphins as they knuckle down to the second round of Sunfoil Four-Day Series matches, meeting the Warriors at Kingsmead today.

It’s been a whirlwind past few days for the team as they rightly basked in the glory of their domestic T20 triumph, but it’s time to focus on the longer format where application and patience is the key.

A few players who have not been part of the T20 squad are back into the fold — Imraan Khan, Divan van Wyk and most noticeably, quick bowler Darren Dupavillon. “It’s encouraging to see new faces joining the squad as they bring freshness to the changeroom,” said Dolphins captain Morné van Wyk. “They are enthusiastic, have new ideas and bring a positive vibe to the team.”

In the last round of four-day matches, before the T20 competition, the Dolphins finished strongly, sending the Lions packing by 358 runs at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom. Van Wyk wants to start where the team ended but knows it will require application and renewed focus from his men.

“We have enjoyed celebrating the T20 trophy and I am interested to see how the players settle down and take on the four-day game again. The majority of the squad were part of the shorter version and they will need to change their gameplan in all departments,” he said.

“Although we are fifth on the log there is not much between the teams and a win come Sunday afternoon [if the game goes the distance] will be the ideal start for us while our confidence is high.”

Having only had a couple of days to settle back home, the Dolphins will need to hit their straps early, but with the assured Van Wyk in charge, they should settle quickly. The astute skipper who joined the Dolphins this season after playing all his cricket for the Knights has been recognised by players, officials and commentators as a major role player in re-establishing the Dolphins as a respected franchise capable of winning competitions.

Coach Lance Klusener is confident his players will be competitive. “It has been a quick turnaround for us but luckily we are able to draft in players we see as four-day specialists.”

With England’s Graham Onions called to Sri Lanka for the England Lions, the Dolphins pace attack of Kyle Abbott, Craig Alexander and Mthokozisi Shezi should be capable of producing a result.

Entry to the game is free and play starts at 9 am.

Dolphins Squad: Morné van Wyk (captain), Mthokozisi Shezi, Craig Alexander, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Daryn Smit, Khaya Zondo, David Miller, Cody Chetty, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Imraan Khan, Divan van Wyk and Darren Dupavillon.

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