Dolphins: ‘Players have been lazy’ — Zulu

2012-01-30 00:00

LANCE Klusener’s first priority as interim coach of the Dolphins was to instil some fight into his charges and his approach seems to be working.

Klusener made a winning start to his reign as the Dolphins’ mentor when his team beat the Warriors by 227 runs in a SuperSport Series match over the weekend and the former all-rounder put the turnaround in the side’s performance down to a change in mindset.

“Some of the guys are better than they thought they were when they have a bit of fire in the belly,” Klusener said after the win.

“Some of the fast bowlers showed that they are a lot better than what they have been achieving. This week hasn’t been about any technical thing, it’s really just about trying to change the mindset of a lot of guys that were maybe just cruising along and happy to be playing rather than happy to be seeking a national call-up. That has been my focus really,” he added.

The Dolphins, before the weekend’s game against the Warriors, had failed to win any of their seven matches this season while their last victory in the SuperSport Series came over a year ago against the selfsame Warriors in East London in January 2011.

Klusener was understandably happy about his team’s performance, but he showed no signs that he was getting too far ahead of himself.

“It was nice for us. It just shows that guys have been sitting on their arses and been a little bit lazy. I’m under no illusions that things can go pear-shaped very quickly, but we said that we wanted to use this game to put a stake in the ground.

“This is where we were going to turn it around and everybody seemed as if they were quite happy with that. It is a process, it’s not all just going to happen in the next six or eight weeks, but it’s a start for us,” he explained.

Klusener’s biggest test may be yet to come. It is alleged that former coach Graham Ford had grown increasingly weary of interference from the board of KwaZulu-Natal cricket.

However, Klusener said after his appointment that he was certain that he would be left to get on with his job.

“In my mind I have been given the tools to do the job,” he said. — MWP Media.

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