Really pleased to see de Kock do so well. Really want South Africa to bring him in soon, as I don't think de Villiers keeping is a good long term option.
Yeah, Tsotsobe has a habit of being a bit of a contract-based badboy. Essex, for example.
Is Rabie really expected to play ahead of Meyer? Barely know anything about him (as is with most of the non-regulars in the squad as they're almost all EP players). Gqamane is pretty highly rated here in the Border - iirc he bowls mid/high 130s and swings it nicely. I may be wrong but I think he is a player that has been focused on big-time in terms of developing him into a quality player due to his race (although I doubt that will be the official statement). Will be interesting, definitely.
An in-form Davy Jacobs will be a vital cog in the batting line-up. Reckon Dyili should keep as it gives Jacobs less of a workload (and we need to keep him as fresh as possible).
They backing Rabie. Brought him in from SWD and is a better bowler than Meyer. I'm hoping they ditch Meyer tbh don't rate him. Outside of Parnell & Theron I hope they go Birch, Rabie, Walters, Gqamane & Nqweni.
Thats good to hear about Gqamane. Coach Piet Botha said he will push big time this year and he is happy with his progression as well as Kelly Smuts & Simon Harmer.
I think they have to go Dyili keeper.
Davy Jacobs (*)
Athi Dyili (+)
12th: Meyer or Gqamane
White, Ackermann, A.Jacobs & Thyssen miss out as batsmen.
Could anyone link me with a place where I can view the franchise averages of all the current South African players careers? The FC ones on their Cricinfo profiles include the, apparently shocking standard, 3 day cricket.
The only place I know of that seperates averages for all the teams you play for is Cricket Archive. Not sure if there is anywhere else.
I'd like to see Davey opening the batting with Arno at 6. Michael Price missing out, don't know all that much about him either itbt. I say this every season but I really want to get to watch some matches this season. Usually only get to watch the T20s because my friends go to them for the social value.
I don't rate Meyer as quality, but he's competent. Never going to set the world alight, but consistent enough to plug a hole in a bowling line up.
I get the feeling that Gqamane will get pushed into the team before he is ready/deserves it. Black talent seems to be revered in Warrior land - every decent black bowler gets touted as "the next Ntini."
As always, cheers for the updates
DOLPHINS TEAM LAUNCH this morning
Front Row (left to right): Brett Edwards (Physiotherapist), Craig Alexander, Daryn Smit (Captain),Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Cody Chetty, Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo , Jonathan Vandiar and Divan Van Wyk. Back Row (left to right): Rivash Gobind (Assistant Coach), Cameron Delport, Robbie Frylinck, David Miller, Kyle Abbott, Calvin Savage, Prenelan Subrayen, Ahmed Amla, Imraan Khan, Lance Klusener (Head Coach), Dane Paterson and Zafar Azmuth (Performance Trainer)
Obviously no Hashim Amla & Lonwabo Tsotsobe with the SA side. Ahmed Amla not in same gear as the rest sends me the picture he won't be involved as much but just a senior figure within the union now. Not sure where Shezi is either. Good to see SA U19 players Calvin Savage & Prenelan Subrayen. Not long before SA u19 captain Chad Bowes joins as he is training with the Dolphins.
Dolphins squad for season opener for them v Lions at the Wanderers.
1. Divan Van Wyk
2. Imraan Khan
3. Jonathan Vandiar
4. Vaughn Van Jaarsveld
5. Cody Chetty
6. David Miller
7. Daryn Smit (*) (+)
8. Robbie Frylinck
9. Kyle Abbott
10. Prenelan Subrayen
11. Craig Alexander
12th Dane Paterson
Batsmen Khaya Zondo & Cam Delport miss out. Bowes pushing soon. Maharaj misses out as spinner to Subrayen. Not sure where Shezi is so next in line would be Savage.
Hope when Gqamane gets the gig he shows he is his own man and does what he does and forgets about the whole Ntini thing. Same thing happening with Solo Nqweni who Ntini is doing work with.
Think a lot of the franchises are keeping senior figures to work with younger players. At the Cobras Langeveldt & Louw are working with the young bowlers in the region. Particularly Fortune & Young this off-season. The younger bowlers like Muller, Williams, Frylinck & Engelbrecht didn't spend a lot of time with the Cobras in pre-season if any as they were preparing for u19 WC at the SA academy in Pretoria.
Thats how I remember him when I saw him a year or two ago in a school fixture. A bit of gas and angling the ball into the right-hander and away from the left-hander.
Kepler Wessels while commentating on the game was quite impressed.