Durban Heat Media Release

 No: dh1814

17 Nov 2018

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Written by: Nick Tatham


All systems go for Durban Heat in MSLT20


Durban - Following Friday's opening game of the Mzansi Super League the Durban Heat's preparations are complete as they line up the Cape Town Blitz in their tournament opener on Sunday at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium.

The Capetonians beat the Tshwane Spartans in the first game of the tournament and will come to Durban with some confidence.

The Heat will be relying on the experience of the likes of Albie Morkel and Hashim Amla to guide them through their first match of the MSL T20, however the team has got quality throughout the 13 players that are available for selection.

With a strong squad to select from, despite not having Proteas stars David Miller or Heinrich Klaasen, Afghanistan wizard Rashid Khan or Zimbabwe's Brendon Mavuta, Heat coach Grant Morgan hasn't quite settled on a final eleven.

"We'll have another look at the deck on Saturday before we make the final call on our team," Morgan said.

"There will be a good balance between pace and spin in our final eleven - we have a good squad to pick from."

The team have had a solid build up since meeting last week Sunday; Morgan believes that the preparation couldn't have been better.

"We've tapered off a bit after a good week of training. We've trained well and had two strong warm up games where players got a good hit and bowl.

"We are really happy with the vibe and the togetherness of the team."

The game is going to be starting at 11am which is earlier than a traditional Sunday start. Morgan and his team don't see any issues with the change in time.

"The start time is something that is a little bit different but not too strange.

"It will be quite warm, but the boys are mainly focused on just getting the tournament started!" Morgan commented.

Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketpro.co.za and at Kingsmead Stadium.

More information can be found at www.durbanheat.co.za.

Durban Heat Fixtures:
18 Nov 11:00 Durban Heat v Cape Town Blitz Kingsmead, Durban
21 Nov 14:00 Durban Heat v Tshwane Spartans Kingsmead, Durban
23 Nov 19:00 Nelson Mandela Giants v Durban Heat St George's, Port Elizabeth
28 Nov 19:00 Durban Heat v Paarl Rocks Kingsmead, Durban
30 Nov 19:00 Jozi Stars v Durban Heat Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
02 Dec 11:00 Paarl Rocks v Durban Heat Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl
05 Dec 19:00 Durban Heat v Nelson Mandela Giants Kingsmead, Durban
07 Dec 14:00 Durban Heat v Jozi Stars Kingsmead, Durban
09 Dec 15:30 Cape Town Blitz v Durban Heat PPC Newlands, Cape Town
12 Dec 19:00 Tshwane Spartans v Durban Heat SuperSport Park, Centurion

Durban Heat Squad:
Hashim Amla, Rashid Khan, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Abbott, Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo, Albie Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Vernon Philander, Brandon Mavuta, Temba Bavuma, Morné van Wyk, Okuhle Cele, Sarel Erwee, Tladi Bokako, Prenelan Subrayen.

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The Durban Heat are all set and ready to go for their opening game of the Mzansi Super League against the Cape Town Blitz at Kimgsmead on Sunday being led by captain Albie Morkel (left), Hashim Amla (centre) and coach Grant Morgan (right) Anesh Debiky/
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