• Smuts sees the importance of spin

    Nelson Mandela Bay Giants captain Jon-Jon Smuts has highlighted the importance of spin, ahead of Wednesday’s Mzansi Super League fixture against the Paarl Rocks at Boland Park.

    The Giants boast the services of Proteas spin trio Smuts, Imran Tahir and Aaron Phangiso, in conditions likely to prove conducive to slow bowling.

    ‘Spin, I think, will play a big role in Paarl, especially with it being a day game and a big field. So I’m sure there will be lots of spin overs,’ said Smuts.

    The hard-hitting Smuts has opened the batting alongside the inexperienced Marco Marais and England star Jason Roy in this tournament opener – and is hopeful all 10 wickets remain intact after the first six overs of the Giants’ innings.

    ‘It’s obviously very important for us not to lose wickets in powerplay. It has been a bit of an Achilles heal for us but we know what we have to rectify that,’ he added.

    ‘Paarl is a good side. They play well to their strengths and their batters have performed nicely and their spinners have done well.’

    The Giants have gathered four wins and three losses – and were hampered by two washouts. They currently occupy third position in the six-team standings.

    ‘Yes, we have not played our best cricket yet but we still in a good position. Rain hasn’t helped us either. But for us, we have to win on Wednesday against Paarl,’ concluded Smuts.

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