Block style will help, be­lieves captain Ru­dolph

The Cricket Paper - - SOUTH PREVIEW - By An­drew Cof­fey

GLAM­OR­GAN skipper Jac­ques Ru­dolph is adamant the new block of one-day matches can help his side over­come their dis­ap­point­ing end to last sea­son’s cam­paign.

The Cardiff out­fit be­gan the 2016 tour­na­ment in red-hot form, win­ning their open­ing three matches be­fore four straight de­feats and a no re­sult against Sun­day’s op­po­nents, Sur­rey, saw them slip out of con­tention in the South Group.

But 93-time South Africa in­ter­na­tional Ru­dolph, 35, is cer­tain that this new for­mat will al­low his charges to flour­ish in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“Play­ing in a one block for­mat means we will be able to keep our fo­cus on one com­pe­ti­tion at a time,” he said. “Last year we started very well, but we couldn’t keep the mo­men­tum in the sec­ond lot of fix­tures.”

New South African re­cruit Marchant de Lange im­pressed, tak­ing five wick­ets against Le­ices­ter­shire in the County Cham­pi­onship, and Ru­dolph is ex­cited to see what the 26year-old can do with the white ball.

He added: “When Timm (van der Gugten) ar­rived last year, it took him two or three games to get used to what is an ef­fec­tive length in the UK, and Marchant has bowled re­ally well.

“In his first 15 overs against Le­ices­ter­shire he didn’t con­cede a bound­ary and picked up three wick­ets. As he learns more about his game and play­ing in the UK he will be­come dan­ger­ous.”

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