Klusener all praise for Abbott

2013-01-30 00:00

DOLPHINS coach Lance Klusener has called for consistency, “the need to focus on backing up one good performance with another”, ahead of the Sunfoil four-day match against the Warriors starting at Kingsmead tomorrow.

“We need to match good with good and build on what we have achieved and know we can achieve,” he said in Durban yesterday.

Klusener was reflecting on the Dolphins’ unlikely 15-run win against the Cobras at Newlands in their last outing, thanks to paceman Kyle Abbott’s eight for 45 in the Cobras’ second inning on his way to 12-96 in the match.

“Kyle has been outstanding for us, and while we all know what the Proteas have as far as frontline bowlers are concerned, he has been bashing the door down for national selection since the first ball of the season,” said Klusener.

The coach cuationed that Abbott should not be overworked with the domestic T20 competition ahead. Said Klusener: “He has carried a massive workload having just returned from the SA Invitation side’s four-day match against the visiting Pakistan side, in East London. However, he will be playing against the Warriors because we need another win.”

The Dolphins, after seasons of below average performances, have started tasting victory again under Klusener.

“For this match, we are hoping for a bit of a green wicket, similar to the one our amateur side played on against Griquas. We need a result and we are willing to take a gamble and hope the other side perform worse than us.

“If we win this match, and our final one against the Titans in Centurion, we could finish second or third on the log. That’s not a bad season and it’s been a long time since the Dolphins finished that high on the four-day log. Finishing as high as possible on the log is what counts. There are no prizes for the lower positions, but even a few wins in this format this season has boosted confidence among the players and put the team on the right track,” said Klusener.

As for selection, middle-order batsman David Miller still finds himself in the amateur team, with Khaya Zondo in the senior outfit.

“Miller has not had the best of runs at four-day level this season, so I made the change.

“It’s a message to players that if they do not perform, there is competition for their places.

“David needs runs and worked at that with an undefeated 82 against Griquas on a tricky wicket last weekend. He needs to be in the best possible space, and if that’s in the amateur side, then so be it. He has another chance in Pretoria this weekend and, make no mistake, he is a vital cog in our domestic T20 plans next month.

“He’s too good and talented a player to discard.”

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