Giles White believes new signing Johann Myburgh is destined to make a major impact on Hampshire’s fortunes after his impressive Caribbean t20 bow.
The diminutive South African blasted 223 runs from five innings as the Royals made their way to the final of the competition in Barbados, only going down to a powerful Trinidad & Tobago side at the last hurdle.
But with a healthy t20 average of 44.60, a top score of 88 in a fine knock against the Windward Islands and a strike rate of 121.85, the 30-year-old has already shown he is well capable of destroying attacks in all forms of the game.
Aside from his batting, Myburgh also showed he is a useful off-break bowler.
And the Hampshire manager is already pleased with his new recruit.
White said: ‘I’ve tracked him over the past year, he played well for us in the second team and Jonny Ayling saw something in him, too.
‘He’s an exciting prospect and he’s already shown that he has settled in well into the team dynamic.
‘It’s not just his batting, he is an excellent fielder and is pretty handy with the ball as well.
‘I think he will do very well for us this season and gives us more depth in the right areas.’
Considering Hampshire were missing so many regular first-team players, it was a commendable effort to get to the final of the competition.
Regular t20 opener Michael Lumb was among those not in the travelling party, with Michael Carberry, Neil McKenzie, Nic Pothas, Dimi Mascarenhas, Dominic Cork, Kabir Ali, David Balcombe and Imran Tahir also absent.
But Myburgh’s efforts at the top of the order have given White plenty to think about as he assesses his options for his side’s defence of the Friends Provident t20 this summer.
And the Hampshire manager is also considering his line-up for the start of the County Championship, with Lumb potentially missing the start of the campaign as he takes part in the Indian Premier League.
White said: ‘He has shown he can bat at the top of the order in that form of the game.
‘Him and Jimmy Adams got us off to some great starts.
‘So he will give us the right sort of headaches when it comes to team selection.
‘As a manager, that’s what you want.
‘With Michael Lumb being away potentially at the start of the season with the IPL, Myburgh has shown that he fits the bill.’
Meanwhile, fast bowler David Griffiths has joined the MCC side for an 18-day tour to Namibia.
Warwickshire and former England batsman Darren Maddy will skipper the 14-man squad that will play three 50-over contests and one three-day match, with two of those against the Namibia national side.