Bloemfontein - Knights seamer Quinton Friend is doubtful for the One-Day Cup clash with the Warriors at Buffalo Park on Friday, but captain Werner Coetsee hinted that there could be further changes to the side as the Knights look to improve their fortunes.
Although the Knights have retained the same squad for Friday’s game and merely added Corné Dry as cover for Friend, who picked up a hamstring problem in Wednesday’s defeat at Newlands, there may well be changes to the playing XI.
“We’re at the stage where we have to be pro-active and find ways where we can get positive results and play positive cricket,” said Coetsee.
“We may make some tactical changes. We need our senior players in place at crucial moments but at this stage they’re not standing out and making it count for the side.
“We get ourselves almost into position, but then we don’t seem to finish it off or get that match-winning performance or game-changing moment.”
The Warriors have retained their same 13-man squad, and have a new buzz about the camp after pulling off a tight run chase on Sunday to record their first victory of the season.
“It definitely helps,” admitted coach Piet Botha. “We always believed that we have the right structure and system in place - it was just a matter of executing it.
“I thought we did that well on Sunday and I was pleased with the way we handled the pressure. It should give us confidence going forward.”
Botha confirmed that premier strike bowler Rusty Theron will remain sidelined for the foreseeable future as he undergoes a new type of treatment on his troublesome knee.
“There’s a new shock therapy that some of the rugby guys have done so he’s going through that at the moment, but he has to go through four or five sessions before they can establish whether it helps,” said Botha.