Dolphins call-up for McMillan

2007-12-12 00:00

Dolphins selection chief Jay Naidoo told The Witness last night that the Varsity and KZN Inland all-rounder has been in the brain trust’s thoughts for some time.

“Ross has been there and thereabouts for a couple of seasons now and when [left-arm seamer] Saidi Mhlongo failed a final fitness test we asked Ross to join the Dolphins side for the Cobras match. Saidi was only able to bowl two balls before the thigh strain that kept him out of the [Highveld] Lions match flared up again,” said Naidoo.

“I wasn’t expecting the phone call from Yash and it came as a nice surprise,” McMillan said.

In his sixth season with Varsity, McMillan (23) recently completed his accounting honours degree on the Pietermaritzburg campus after matriculating at Hilton College. Over the last few seasons with Maritzburg Varsity, whom he captained to the KZN Inland Premier League title before handing over the reins to player/coach Garry Hampson a few months ago so he could concentrate on his own game, McMillan has impressed with his focus and dedication.

Two seasons ago, when KZN Inland were still playing in the Associate provinces competition before their elevation to first-class status in 2006/07, McMillan followed in the footsteps of current Dolphins and South Africa A left-arm pace bowler Yusuf Abdullah when he was named that division’s player of the year. McMillan turned out for SA Universities in March this year, followed by a four-month stint at the National Academy in Pretoria that included a tour to Zimbabwe.

After Abdullah and all-rounder Morne van Vuuren, the likeable McMillan is the third KZN Inland cricketer in recent seasons to receive a Dolphins call-up.

“It is just reward for Ross’s consistent performances at club and provincial level over a number of seasons,” said KZN Inland coach Robbie Coutts.

KZN Dolphins squad: Doug Watson, Imraan Khan, Hashim Amla, Ahmed Amla (capt), Wayne Madsen, Jonathan Vandiar, Johann Louw, Liam Plunkett, Daryn Smit, Quinton Friend, Yusuf Abdullah, Ross McMillan.

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