After a demanding winter away playing English county cricket, Multiply Titans all-rounder David Wiese says he is looking forward to the prospect of a two-week break, ahead of a busy summer on local shores.
Having only arrived back in South Africa earlier this week, Wiese has ruled out an immediate return to franchise cricket.
Wiese played for Sussex over the winter and was involved across all formats in all their matches, barring three 50-over games and one four-dayer. That sort of workload means that Multiply Titans head coach Mark Boucher has wisely decided that the 32-year old needs a breather before rushing back into action.
That is why the Titans have agreed that Wiese will be given a break until the Momentum One-Day Cup starts in December.
“The volume of cricket you play in England is really high, so there’s not much time to train. So if you’re not in form, you can begin to feel like a hamster spinning in a wheel. You need to learn to get over your disappointments quickly and manage your expectations,” said Wiese.
“Playing for Sussex, we had a lot of dead-rubber games because we had a pretty average season and didn’t have much to play for by the end. But it was so close because in the T20s we missed the playoffs only on nett run-rate and in the 50-over competition we were just one point off the quarterfinals.
“I played practically every game in every format and county cricket is so hectic that you need to manage your workloads.
The Titans have got young bowlers coming through like Corbin Bosch and Migael Pretorius, who played last weekend, and Mark Boucher said I would be a bigger asset in white-ball cricket, so I’m only going to be playing that for the Titans at the moment,” Wiese explained.
Before the Momentum One-Day Cup campaign, in which the Titans will defend the title they won against the Warriors last season, the T20 Global League will be dominating domestic cricket and Benoni Zalmi will be thrilled that one of the best short-form all-rounders in the country will be playing for them at the peak of freshness.
“I’m looking forward to this time away from the game, I’ll be having two weeks away, so I’ll be nice and fresh for the Global League and I should get my hunger back and do well. Again, it’s playing for a new team and I’ll want to prove my worth all over again,” Wiese said.
Wiese endured the same pressure to perform during his second year with Sussex, but the south-eastern county were presumably happy with his performances because they kept picking him for virtually every game.
“The conditions in England were very different and you also have to get used to the Duke ball, which requires a change in technique. But my performances were very up and down, it was an average season for me. I would either play very well or very badly, there was nothing in between and that was disappointing.
“You want to start well ad show that you’re worth your Kolpak contract, especially after all the hype about us players on that deal, but it just didn’t happen for me. I’m more harsh on myself, but fortunately I must have contributed off the field because the management kept picking me,” Wiese concluded.