SKIPPER Dale Benkenstein believes Durham have enough talent to be a T20 success this season.
Despite getting their campaign off to a losing start – they crashed to a five-wicket defeat at home to Warwickshire Bears on Thursday – Benkenstein says the Dynamos can still be a force in the shortest form of the game.
But to do that they have to bounce back, starting against Worcestershire Royals at New Road tomorrow.
“Of course, it is disappointing to lose our first match,” he said.
“There are 16 games in this competition, which I think are too many, but the good thing about that is that it gives you a chance to recover if you don’t start too well.
“We have had a couple of days to look at the Warwickshire game, to try different things and put things into place, rather than just talk about what went wrong.”
Once again, Durham go into the game without the services of Ben Stokes, which Benkenstein, pictured right, admits is far from ideal.
“Ben is bound to be a big miss,” he said.
“He was in top form, and he is natural for this type of game.
“But he is out injured, and there’s nothing we can do about that. We just have to get on with it.”
However, one thing Durham do have is strength in depth and one-day and T20 captain Benkenstein is backing other players, like England ace Paul Collingwood, to come to the fore.
Collingwood made just seven runs off 10 balls in his first game back since undergoing knee surgery, but Benkenstein says the all-rounder has a big part to play.
“It’s great to have Colly back,” he said.
“He makes huge contributions not only on the field but off it as well.
“It’s also really good to have the likes of Graham Onions in the side.”
Overseas international David Miller made his Dynamos debut in the defeat by the Bears, carrying his bat for 15.
And Benkenstein, who recommended the young South African all-rounder to Durham, says it is only a matter of time before fans start to see what he is capable of.
He added: “It’s tough to come in and play this format of the game, where you have got to go helter-skelter from ball one.
“But he is a match-winner at this level in South Africa and I’m sure he will win us some games.”