• Maharaj, Miller defend Heat position

    Spinner Keshav Maharaj and batsman David Miller are eager to capitalise on a busy period for the Durban Heat.

    In the next seven days, the Heat will play the Paarl Rocks twice, the Jozi Stars and the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants.

    ‘It’s great that in the next two weeks we have six games, and if we get on to a roll then the momentum is with us,’ said Miller.

    ‘We know that momentum in T20 cricket is massive and we have regrouped and come into this week with fresh minds and ready to go.’

    The Heat currently occupy fourth position in the six-team standings, after one win in three attempts. Their squad features a wealth of international experience, including Miller, Maharaj, fast bowler Kyle Abbott, batsman Khaya Zondo and others.

    ‘The mentality of the team hasn’t changed from the start of the tournament,’ added Maharaj.

    ‘We have looked to be really positive and have trained hard, so it isn’t a question of work ethic or anything like that.

    ‘There is a good core of senior players and youth, but we haven’t quite clicked on the batting front unfortunately so far.’

    Miller concluded: ‘We have a lot of talented, experienced cricketers. There are a lot of players who have international experience, so there definitely isn’t any panic.’

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