‘Power hitters will benefit’

2014-11-01 00:00

THE explosive power hitters among the “50 club” might benefit from the absence of world-class overseas spinners in this season’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge, said Albie Morkel, one of the most destructive South African batsmen in the domestic T20 format.

Seven South African batsmen have slammed 50 sixes or more in domestic T20 cricket. Morkel, with 70, is the most successful of this seven-man elite squad. The others are Loots Bosman (64), Vaughn van Jaarsveld (62), Henry Davids (57), Quinton de Kock (53), Farhaan Behardien (51) and Richard Levi (51).

Three of the seven, Levi, Davids and Van Jaarsveld, will take the field in the triple-header tomorrow at the Wanderers to launch the Ram Slam T20 competition.

“Players like Richard and Henry can take the game away from the fast bowlers very quickly up front,” said Morkel.

“In the past, Richard has struggled against the spinners when they bowled in the power play, but the fact that overseas spinners like Saeed Ajmal are not playing, will make the playing field more even this season. They [Levi and Davids] play against the domestic spinners often,” he said.

Asked about the favourites to win the trophy, Morkel said the usual suspects like the Sunfoil Dolphins, the Nashua Cape Cobras, the bizhub Highveld Lions and The Unlimited Titans will be fancied again. “The Dolphins will miss the middle-order power of David Miller, who was devastating last season and Kyle Abbott is also absent,” he said. “Morné van Wyk and Cameron Delport can win a game on their own and the former is a fantastic player who knows when to accelerate. They will still miss Miller in the middle period though.

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