Dragons ace Gibbs relishing first start

Source - thisissouthwales.co.uk

New signing Herschelle Gibbs has sent out a rallying call ahead of Glamorgan's Twenty20 cup campaign, claiming: "I'm a natural at the limited overs game".

The South African is set to make his Dragons debut against Warwickshire Bears on Wednesday when Glamorgan begin their challenge in the 20-over competition.

Gibbs has spent the last six weeks playing for Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League, so he should be well prepared for the Twenty20 format.

The hugely experienced international comes to Glamorgan in place of Australian Jason Gillespie for the popular competition, and he's relishing the challenge.

"I've had a warm welcome and I'm thoroughly looking forward to it. The ground looks really good and I'm excited to get on the park on Wednesday," said Gibbs.

"I was really keen to come. I was quite sad to miss out on Durham in 1999 and with the format of Twenty20 cricket it's obviously got the world talking at the moment. As soon as I spoke to Matt (Maynard, cricket manager) it was signed and sealed then."

Gibbs follows in the footsteps of fellow South African Jacques Kallis who spent a season with Glamorgan in 1999.

And the 34-year-old revealed he spoke to his countryman about the move to Wales.

"Jacques did share a few stories with me and he thoroughly enjoyed his time here. Obviously I've played here once before. I had a look around after hours and I couldn't wait to get out there," said Gibbs, who enjoyed mixed fortunes in the IPL.

"The IPL is a fabulous tournament. It's been big news around the world for the last six weeks and I think it was a very successful inauguration. The Twenty20 format has been around in the UK for a little bit longer and it's taken off like a house on fire.

"I'm excited. I've always been a bit more of a natural as far as limited overs is concerned and I'm looking to do well here."

Gibbs will bring some much-needed experience to a youthful Glamorgan side and is expected to bat at three on Wednesday.

"You don't mind being in Twenty20 cricket with a lot of youngsters because it's such a high energy sort of game, you have that intensity," he said.

"It's quite fast-paced and the youngsters can handle that I think. But you also want some experience and hopefully I can bring that, try and get the best out of them and make them enjoy it more than anything else"

Gibbs hit six sixes in one over in the 2007 World Cup, but is not currently in the Test squad for South Africa's tour of England next month.

"I'm on stand-by as far as the Test squad is concerned. I spoke to the coach a few days ago before I came here and he said I'm next in line," he said. "That's the situation as far as my international career is concerned. I'd like to do well in this competition and we'll take it from there. I don't look too far ahead and I'm just concentrating on my next innings."
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