1 Day Cup

Pybus spoilt for Proteas

2011-11-29 14:01
Richard Pybus (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Richard Pybus will have no less than five of the current Proteas ODI squad to choose from when the Cape Cobras meet the Dolphins in their 1 Day Cup clash at Newlands on Wednesday.

Add Test new boy Vernon Philander, Robin Peterson and unused Proteas Twenty20 squad member Richard Levi into the equation and the Cobras will have eight current Proteas (Proteas who were selected for the recently completed series against Australia) to choose from, the most any of South Africa’s six franchises have available.

This would pose a selection headache for most coaches, especially in a team which has managed to remain dominant, despite the absence of their international stars as the Cobras have only tasted defeat once in all domestic competitions this season.

“It is a lovely challenge (of having all these selection possibilities),” Pybus said in the Cape Times newspaper.

The Cobras' final round-robin match in the 1 Day Cup will provide an opportunity for the Newlands faithful to welcome back one of its favourite sons, Jacques Kallis.

Kallis has not played in the blue of his home province for in List A cricket since the 2006/07 season, against the same opponents for Wednesday, the Dolphins, in the semi-final of the then MTN Championship, which the Cobras went on to win that season.

The 2006/07 season was also the last time the Cobras tasted success in South Africa’s premier domestic limited overs competition.

Pybus however, continued to exude satisfaction at assembling a ‘dream team’ of sorts.

“What a pleasure to have all these players available. It is fantastic for South African cricket that the Proteas are playing domestic cricket. It is even more fantastic that they want to play and be a part of this.”


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