Cork: Kolpak duo will show their class

Friedel de Wet celebrates a wicket at Trent Bridge
Friedel de Wet celebrates a wicket at Trent Bridge
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Dominic Cork insists Hampshire’s new Kolpak pair will soon be firing on all cylinders.

Johann Myburgh and Friedel de Wet joined in the winter and neither have a great deal of experience of playing in English conditions.

The diminutive batsman Myburgh looked good for 32 and 42 in the season-opening encounter with Durham at the Rose Bowl last week but managed just 10 at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

His fellow South African, meanwhile, picked up a couple of wickets on his debut.

But Cork believes the quick bowler is still adjusting to the demands of the domestic game.

The Hampshire skipper said: ‘With Friedel it is a case of getting used to English wickets, which will take a bit of time to find the right lengths to get the best out of himself.

‘I think he is the finished article but he just needs a bit of time to get used to county cricket.

‘I’ve been really impressed by Friedel.

‘It was pretty hot against Durham and the batsmen were on top.

‘But he didn’t let it affect him – he kept running in and you can see he’s got a big heart.’

Myburgh played some glorious strokes in his cameos on his debut and has already shown his quality with his performances in the Caribbean t20.

And while Cork admitted the batsman was disappointed not to go on and make bigger contributions, he is confident the big scores will come.

Cork said: ‘We’ve all seen that Johann Myburgh can bat.

‘He got two okay scores but he might be disappointed he didn’t go on to make bigger scores, although I’m sure those will come in the future.

‘But it’s never easy when people come in to a new club and it takes a bit of time to get used to things.

‘It’s good to see that the two players have bedded in with the rest of the side in the changing room but they have definitely got something about them.

‘They are two excellent signings for us and I’m sure they will do well for us this season.’