Dolphins trio included in National Academy 2016 intake
Durban – Exciting young Sunfoil Dolphins talents Andile Phehlukwayo,
Sibonelo Makhanya and Tshepang Dithole recently joined their fellow 2016
Powerade South African National Academy members at the Centre of
Excellence in Pretoria and are already hard at work, eager to take their
game to the next level this winter.
Just 20, 20 and 23 years old respectively, the three stars of the future
have already started to make their marks at both Provincial and Franchise
level domestically but are eager to use this opportunity to further their
careers and ultimately go on to represent their country at senior level.
“The National Academy is a really nice process to go through for us as
players making our way from semi-pro to full professional level,”
explained former South Africa U19 captain, Makhanya.
“Being part of the National Academy is a great opportunity and a step you
need to take if you want to get to the next level!
“There are great coaches here at the Academy and amazing facilities at the
High Performance Centre; I can’t think of any better place to be as we all
look to grow as cricketers,” he added.
Phehlukwayo cemented his position in the Dolphins line-up this past season
through his abilities across all three formats, proving his worth with the
ball in particularly when often tasked with delivering the high-pressured
final overs throughout the 2015/16 RAM Slam T20 Challenge.
While naturally athletic in the field and a hard-hitting lower order
batsman, Phehlukwayo is eager to work hard on both his batting and fitness
this winter as he looks to heighten his status as a genuine all-rounder.
“One day I hope to play a similar role to what Ben Stokes currently does
for England – bat at six or seven and bowl first change, especially in the
really important overs such as at the death!
“I’m really excited to have been involved in all three formats at
Franchise level so far but I especially enjoy four day cricket and then
the challenge of T20.
“I was disappointed with my batting last season and felt I let myself down
so I want to work mainly on that during my time at the National Academy,
as well as my fitness.”
Dithole and Makhanya echo Phehlukwayo’s batting aspirations for their time
in Pretoria with Makhanya eager to absorb as much as he can from the
wealth and variety of coaching philosophies the group is set to be exposed
to between June and August.
“I’m looking to work as hard as I can over the next few months as I try to
establish myself in the Dolphins side this coming season as a batter,
primarily, that can also bowl.
“We’re working with Vincent Barnes, Shukri Conrad and Andre Nel at the
moment with guys like Ashwell Price, Stephen Cook – when he’s available –
and HD Ackerman also set to join us at times – who are all great people to
“The diversity within our group of players, who, having come from various
different backgrounds, each bring their own styles to the mix, is also
great as it gives us a chance to learn from one another as well,” said
The four-phase men’s programme culminates in a series against the Sri
Lankan Emerging Team in the second half of August.
Momentum Proteas and KZN Women’s stand-out Chloe Tryon will also be busy
in Pretoria this winter as she joins her fellow Powerade SA National
Academy Women’s Squad members at the same facility under the guidance of
national women’s coach, Hilton Moreeng.
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