Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Mzansi Super League preview: Jozi Stars


Jozi Stars
The defending champions have managed to retain some of their best players from last season. Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen were in incredible form and we can expect more of the same this season. Temba Bavuma, who recently made his T20I debut for the Proteas, has been named captain. Chris Gayle will feature for the Stars in the early stages of the tournament and will then be replaced by another veteran – Shoaib Malik.
Two of South Africa’s most highly rated young batsmen – Ryan Rickleton and Sinethemba Qeshile are also part of the squad. Qeshile is the main wicket-keeping option available to them and is likely to play in all their matches.  He has already made his T20I debut and has an opportunity here to make a case for the WT20 next year
Nono Pongolo’s story was one of the highlights of the inaugural MSL tournament. He was initially only selected as a back-up and was involved with SABC’s commentary team. Pongolo went on to pick 10 wickets in the tournament and became a superstar overnight when he smashed consecutive sixes off Marchant de Lange to seal a one-wicket win in Durban that turned the Stars’ campaign around. He will be part of a bowling attack that will be led by Kagiso Rabada. Last season’s top wicket-taker, Duanne Olivier, will feature for the Stars once again, while Dane Paterson, Lizaad Williams and Eathan Bosch are also available as pace options.
The experienced hard-hitting all-rounder Dan Christian is part of the squad again. Simon Harmer and Aaron Phangiso are the spin bowlers in the side.
The Stars have assembled a balanced squad once again and should be in contention to win the title this season too.

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