Cape Town - Titans all-rounder Albie Morkel believes that a
good understanding within the squad is key to their success in the T20
Challenge beginning at the weekend.
The 35-year-old is set to add his experience to the squad of
the defending champions, who kick-off their campaign against rivals the Highveld Lions at the Wanderers Stadium in a double-header on Saturday.
Morkel will again captain the Titans after leading them to
glory last season and he is confident in their prospects, saying their old
experiences will help them.
“We’ve done well in the T20 competition in the past,” he
said. “You can’t look past the fact that we’ve had good players in the field,
players that are good at T20 cricket, and it will be the same this year.
“We have a good team and it will be tough to select a team
at times, but I think it’s also a process where everyone knows where they stand
with the coach, the captain and where they fit into the environment. It’s key
to have a happy environment and that’s what we’re trying to create.”
The former Proteas’ star took 10 wickets and scored close to
200 runs as the Titans won nine out of their 11 matches in the 2015/16 season,
including a final win over the Dolphins. He is hoping they can
replicate that form this season, but admits there will be extra pressure on his
side, who also won the Sunfoil Series in a double trophy-winning term.
“Hopefully to do the same (as last season),” he added. “It’s
a nice competition to be part of and T20 cricket brings a lot of excitement,
which everyone is looking forward to. It’s at a nice time, just when the
festive season is around, so hopefully there’ll be some good crowds as well.
“There’s obviously going to be more pressure on us to do
well again, but that’s something I don’t think we’ll focus on. I think if we do
the basics right and play some good aggressive cricket then we’ll get close