England news July 30, 2012

D'Oliveira's grandson hopes to play more in South Africa

Brett D'Oliveira has expressed interest in playing in Cape Town, the city where his grandfather, Basil, the former England Test batsman, first made his name. Brett had a short stint at the St Augustine's Cricket Club in November last year but had to cut short his visit because of Basil's death.

"It was unfortunate that I had to leave then but I'm looking to go back this year or the year after," D'Oliveira told ESPNcricinfo in Worcester.

He also has bigger ambitions of playing provincial or franchise cricket in South Africa.

"I have considered playing there quite a bit. I spoke to my dad about it and he is quite keen for me to do it. He said there will be a lot of things around it, like the press will want to speak to me, and that sort of thing, but I'm happy to do it.

"I spent a little bit of time with Paul Adams when I was in Cape Town. He is a legspinner like me, but left-arm, and he was a great guy to talk to and feed off."

At 20, Brett is the youngest cricketer of the D'Oliveira family, who consider themselves "very much British" according to his father Damian. But the D'Oliverias also want to maintain ties with the land of Basil's birth.

"We have lots of family over there, on my mother's side, especially," Damian said. "We met a lot of the family when the two teams [England and South Africa] played at the beginning of 2005, and my brother's just come back from a trip there as well."

When he signed up with Worcestershire last August, Brett became a third-generation D'Oliveira to play for the county. Damian has been associated with the club for 30 years now, having played 234 first-class games over 13 years and then been involved at the county's academy and also as the second team coach.

"I'm very proud of Brett," Damian said. "He came through the ranks, all the under-age little cricket games from Under-10 to U-19s, got a place on the academy, did four years there and got his first contract this year."

Brett describes New Road as his "second home" and said he remembers visiting as a young boy to watch his father and grandfather play. "I love playing in front of the crowds that have seen my granddad play and my dad play, so I relish it, really. Permanently, I wouldn't want to go anywhere else or play anywhere else."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent