Written by: Dave Macleod
Erwee bringing international experience back to Dolphins
Durban – Following a busy end to the last season that included two tours
with the Proteas, Sarel Erwee is hoping to bring back the experience
that he gained with the national side to the Hollywoodbets Dolphins for
the upcoming season.
Although there would have been a level of frustration that he didn’t get
a cap for the national side on either of the tours, Erwee used the time
constructively to try and better himself as a player for his return to
“Being in that set-up after having been to Pakistan was an honour and I
spent a lot of time picking the brains of the senior guys,” Erwee said.
“I was finding out how they go about preparing and how they go about
their business, so I took a lot out of that tour and really enjoyed the
camaraderie around the group.
“It was fantastic to experience that again and hopefully I can
experience one or two more tours,” he added with a smile.
Heading into another big season of domestic cricket where the whole
structure has changed, Erwee has pin-pointed a few areas that he wants
to bring back to the domestic set-up going into the new campaign in a
“The major thing is the intensity levels,” he explained. “I think we
need to get local domestic players to train and prepare with that sort
of intensity so that we can play at a higher intensity.
“If we can get the Dolphins as a whole to up the intensity a bit in
terms of preparation, game time will be so much easier and pressure
levels might not seem as high.”
Getting to that level of intensity is a process for Erwee and he feels
that the Dolphins are on the right track and are making strides in key
areas ahead of the new campaign.
“We’ve got a bit of a way to go in terms of preparation and I think all
teams can be a little more specific.
“The team has made an effort to lift the intensity in our fielding so I
think that we are getting there slowly so hopefully this season we can
show the other sides the benchmark and produce results like we did last
The Dolphins will begin their season with the CSA T20 Knock Out
Competition and for Erwee it’s an exciting way to start the season.
“Starting the season with T20 cricket gets guys excited and gets them
out there hitting balls.
“I know in the past it takes some time to get guys excited about the
season because they start with the hard slog of four day cricket!
“It’s something fresh to start with T20 cricket and I know that the guys
are ready to go and play some exciting cricket,” he added.
The Dolphins have been drawn in a group with Easterns, North West and
the SA Under 19 side and will be based in Bloemfontein from 8-10 October
for the group phase of the competition.
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Sarel Erwee is hoping to bring back the experience he has gained from
his two recent Proteas tours to help him and the Dolphins in the
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