Cape Town - Cape Cobras coach Paul Adams is hoping the decision to allow Kieron Pollard to
lead them will inspire a season turnaround as they prepare to host the Dolphins in a T20 Challenge clash at Newlands in Cape Town on
Indian superstar captained the struggling Cape side to a first win of the
2016/17 season last Friday against the Warriors, but they were back on the
losing trail with defeat to the Highveld Lions on Sunday.
difficult to read anything into the latest loss, though, as it came in a
rain-affected match in which the Cobras got to face just six overs, making 66
out of the 70 required.
“He's a big
player around the world and one of the most dynamic T20 players around,” Adams
said of the skipper. “So we want to try and maximise his services while we have
“He is also
a player that demands a high standard and players tend to respond to that.
There's an aura about him, which is really great for him. With Justin sitting
out, he's had a big influence.”
also praised his team for their recent improvements, but feels more consistency
is required. “If I look at the last two games, we didn't match up what we did
on Friday with Sunday,” he explained. “So for me it's searching for that
consistency, the intensity of players and how they play the game. I'm making
them aware of where we are at, so it's just about keeping the same high
are currently second bottom on the early-season log, with the Dolphins a place
above them, both having registered one win each so far.
“Both of us
are in the same position,” Adams added. “Both are searching for that
consistency and those perfect combinations, so there's no doubting the
importance of the game. It's going to be a good one to watch.”
Agathangelou has been rewarded for scoring four centuries in five Sunfoil Cup
Provincial Three-Day Competition innings by a first inclusion in the franchise
Dolphins, Kevin Pietersen’s stint is over for now with the former England batsman
due to return for the final four games of the competition.
Durbanites will want to make sure they at least stay in play-off contention
until then, but coach Grant Morgan is ruing the fact that they have been
plagued by so many injuries.
Kevin Pietersen aside, it has been a bit frustrating not being able to put the
same side out on the park one game after another,” he added. “We’ve got
seven players unavailable for selection, but in a way that has also galvanized
the squad as the guys know that they’ve got an extended run and hopefully they
can take some confidence from that.”
Pollard (captain), Beuran Hendricks, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, George
Linde, Aviwe Mgijima, Tshepo Moreki, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Keegan
Petersen, Nkululeko Serame, Jason Smith, Cebo Tshiki, Andrea Agathangelou.
squad: Morne van
Wyk (captain), Craig Alexander, Cody Chetty, Cameron Delport, Rabian
Engelbrecht, Robbie Frylinck, Mbasa Gqadushe, Kyle Nipper, Prenelan Subrayen,
Mthokozisi Shezi, Imran Tahir, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Khaya Zondo.