Champions League T20
Warriors face next challenge
Davy Jacobs (Gallo Images)
Port Elizabeth – The millions earned from the Champions League has not even been counted yet and already the Warriors are facing their next big cricketing challenge.
On Thursday the SuperSport Series starts. The longer version of the game was not exactly a highlight for the team from the Eastern Cape last season.
While the Warriors won both one-day competitions, they struggled in the SuperSport Series. They finished second last and lost five of their 10 games.
From Thursday the Warriors will also try to stamp down their authority on the longer version of the game. They start the series with an away game against the Titans at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
The Warriors will quickly have to change their mindset from Twenty20 cricket to the longer version of the game if they are going to beat the Titans.
The SuperSport Series will also test the Warriors’ depth.
South Africa’s respective squads for the series’ in the forthcoming season are full of Warriors players that will not be able to play much for the provincial side.
Warriors captain Davy Jacobs believes the confidence that the team gained with its good performances in the Champions League will help a lot in the longer version of the game.
The Warriors lost to the Chennai Super Kings in the final of the Champions League in Johannesburg on Sunday, but were proud to progress so far in a tournament for the world’s top provincial sides.
“It means a lot for the Eastern Cape and the Warriors. Had you told me at the beginning of the tournament that we would reach the final, I would have taken it,” said Jacobs.
He was happy with the manner in which his team approached each game and also the teamwork.
Christo Buchner writes that Jacobs had received numerous calls from India over the past few weeks, but things have been quiet on the home front from those pulling the strings in South African cricket.
Jacobs has set the tongues wagging in India with his impressive batting and admitted after the defeat against the Chennai Super Kings that there was Indian Premier League (IPL) interest.
“I will sit down to think things through and make a decision,” he said.