We are not there yet, says coach Rudolph
Posted Friday, October 4 2013 at 01:00
KAMPALA- Most coaches would be happy with a return of eight victories in nine games.
But for Johan Rudolph, the national cricket coach, that counts for little.
The senior men’s team returned from South Africa on Monday having won two of the three limited overs games (50 overs) and went unbeaten in six Twenty20 games but the 52-year-old South African reckons there is still work to do.
“The teams we played were not the strongest we will ever face which is why I won’t read much into the results,” he said.
The coach was also impressed with the players’ fitness having seen his side play nine games in space of eight days. The one player Rudolph thinks can improve in that area is Patrick Ochan.
The lanky 25-year-old that turns out for Sturt Cricket Club in South Australia has been inactive for a while as the season there has just started. “We are getting him into shape but he should be okay by the end of this month,” the former Namibia coach said.
After the South African tour, the coach says he will also assess players that did not travel with the team but will get a chance against English side Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) who arrive today for a series of games. “I want to see how players like Hamza (Saleh), Deus (Muhumuza) and Daniel (Ruyange) perform.”
TOMORROW AT KYAMBOGO OVAL
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