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Klusener's happy to open

Lance Klusner is more than happy to continue in his role as opener for the Steelbacks although he accepts it may only be a short-term job.

The South African star, renowned for his big hitting, was promoted to the top of the order for Sunday's win over Somerset and looked very much at home as he hit an unbeaten 33. "I've done it before and it is really not too much of an adjustment," he said.

"I did a bit more practice against a new ball. But it's no sweat. The good thing was it worked and we might stick it with it and see how we go again. But there is always going to be a little bit of chopping and changing in Twenty20."

"That's not to say I think we should swap all the time because there needs to be a certain amount of structure. But our batting order worked and while that's happening I'm happy to play my role."

Klusener also believes that this side has the making of one that could do big things in the competition.

He added: "We gave a good account of ourselves last season and we can do that again. We're a good team and if we go out and express ourselves I think we can go a long way."
That is a belief backed up by his fellow all-rounder Steven Crook.

The Australian-born player has been frustrated by the restrictions the weather has put on them so far but is sure they can go from strength to strength especially in front of the Sky television cameras tonight.

Crook said: "The rain has been a nightmare so far. Leading up to the competition it was bad and now we've had a couple of games affected by it."

"But hopefully it will hold off and we can get some play. It would be about time! We're performing pretty well as a unit and can do well but you can only play the next game and we have to make sure we stick to our game cameras or not."

"But it is definitely a nice opportunity to play on TV and it gives the England hopefuls a nice showcase to display their skills. It would just be nice to get a proper game in."

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