Durban Heat spinner Keshav Maharaj knows improvement is needed against the Paarl Rocks

Kingsmead has become slow in recent years and spin has taken charge at what used to be one of South Africa’s pace friendly venues.

“I don’t think the mentality has changed from the way we’ve started the tournament‚” Maharaj said.

“We’ve been positive even though things haven’t clicked‚ especially on the batting front. It’s a good thing though because we can get all of the rustiness out of the way.

“They always talk about teams peaking at the right time and I feel we’ve been heading on that boat.

“We’ve been working very hard so it’s not a question of work ethic. We’ve also got a good core of senior players with a bunch of youth who want to show all their talents.

“We’ve got enough energy and come the game‚ we’re going to be a different unit but a more fully fledged and packaged one in the key departments.

“We’ve been exceptional in the field.”

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