Mzansi Super League Focus: Tshwane Spartans & Jozi Stars
Mzansi Super League Focus: Tshwane Spartans & Jozi Stars compiled by @keeganKruger & @Justus_Beets – It has been in the making for quite a while, but South African will finally have it’s own global T20 competition called the Mzansi Super League T20. We are giving you everything you need to know about the competition format, who will be playing for which franchise and what we think about each squad.
In Part 1, we look at the Northern Neighbours of Tshwane Spartans & Jozi Stars.
Home Ground: Centurion
Coach: Mark Boucher
Rumours that the Spartans will be playing in their underwear with painted-on-abs have remained unconfirmed. This is the team to beat, not just because of AB de Villiers, but because they seem to have covered all the bases.
They’ve got Rilee Rossouw, Theunis De Bruyn, England international Eoin Morgan in the batting stocks.
Experienced all-rounders like Robbie Frylinck, Sri Lankan Jeevan Mendis and the two Zimbabweans, Sean Williams and Sikhander Raza.
In the bowling department, they have the wiley old war horses Rory Kleinveldt and Andrew Birch, young gun Lungi Ngidi and surprisingly dangerous leggie, Shaun von Berg.
We would be surprised if they don’t get to the final.
Local player to watch:
Tony De Zorzi. His T20 career is only 10 games old, he recently scored a great 106* for the Titans in Abu Dhabi and the Spartans will be hoping he can get some more big scores.
AB de Villiers, Eoin Morgan, Lungi Ngidi, Robbie Frylinck, Jeevan Mendis, Theunis de Bruyn, Rory Kleinveldt, Sean Williams, Ben Duckett, Gihahn Cloete, Lutho Sipamla, Tony de Zorzi, Dean Elgar, Andrew Birch Sikandar Raza, Shaun von Berg, Eldred Hawken.
Facebook – Tshwane Spartans
Twitter – @SpartansMSLT20
Instagram – @TshwaneSpartans
Home ground: Wanderers
Coaching and technical team: Enoch Nkwe, Wandile Gwavu, Justin Sammons, Nandile Nelson Tyali, Brett Edwards
Chris Gayle might be the international Marquee player, but Aussie veteran all-rounder, Dan Christian, has more than a golfer’s forehead; his lower-order hitting ability, and cagey seam bowling can be a goldmine for pulling the team over the line.
KG and Beuran Hendricks will probably take the new ball with Christian and Dwaine Pretorius to follow, with Simon Harmer and Eddie Leiethe as the spin options. The Jozi stars are certainly a team with a good balance and a sprinkle of x-factor.
Local player to watch:
Rassie van der Dussen. Yes, he recently impressed with a T20 half-century for the Proteas, but this might be the type of competition that secures him a spot in the national side going forward.
Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle, Dane Vilas, Rassie van der Dussen, Dan Christian, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Dwaine Pretorius, Eddie Leie, Pite van Biljon, Duanne Olivier, Ryan Rickelton, Sinethemba Qeshile, Simon Harmer,Calvin Savage, Alfred Mothoa.
Facebook – Jozi Stars
Twitter – @StarsJozi
Instagram – @MSLJoziStars