Dolphins eager to get into swing

2011-09-29 00:00

DOLPHINS coach Graham Ford told The Witness ahead of their SuperSport Series match against the Lions in Johannesburg today that the team is eager to get into the swing of things.

The Dolphins have had a long pre-season programme that began in May and included a number of friendly matches against the Cobras and the Knights, against whom the coastal team lost a recent four-day game at Kingsmead.

“The team is well prepared. The focus of the pre-season games was to give the whole squad time in the middle, which is paramount going into competitive season mode,” said Ford.

The good news for the Dolphins, he added, is that Proteas Hashim Amla and Imran Tahir are available for selection until the Australian tour of South Africa in mid-October.

“The main objective of the team is to go out and win the game against the Lions. The approach of the team will be to take the game session by session and to win the miniature battles which are the hallmark of unlimited over cricket,” said Ford.

Traditionally the Wanderers wicket is batsman-friendly with some assistance for pace bowlers in the early morning session. “What we have seen in the past with the Wanderers wicket is that it might be worthwhile to go into the game with one less specialist bowler in favour of a batting all-rounder or a specialist batsman. However, we have not made that decision as yet,” said Ford, who played his cards tight to his chest in the way of team selection.

The coach can call on former Lions players, specialist batsman Vaughn van Jaarsveld and all-rounder Robbie Frylink, who have made the move to KwaZulu-Natal.

Lions coach Dave Nosworthy is confident that his side is capable of winning not only the match against the Dolphins, but the whole tournament.

He said he has not signed any new players in the off season and will lean on stalwarts Stephen Cook, Neil McKenzie and Alviro Pietersen to provide the team with the necessary guile to taste success this season.

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