T20 Domestic Cup

Cobras to give Proteas a rest

2014-01-24 07:43
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Cape Town - Proteas Test captain Graeme Smith will play no further part in the Cape Cobras RAM SLAM T20 campaign, while the Cobras will also be without JP Duminy when they take on the second-placed Dolphins at Boland Park on Friday.

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The Cobras have made far and away the most team changes of the six franchises in the competition thus far, largely as a result of their Proteas players requiring a week’s rest.

They will now make at least two tweaks to their side for Friday’s game.

JP will have a break on Friday, and Graeme has been pulled out of the tournament altogether because his ankle flared up. It’s a precaution, and he’ll also be preparing for the Test series (against Australia in February),” said Cobras coach Paul Adams.

Hashim Amla will play his final match before he takes a break, while Duminy will return in time for the Cobras’ final two games next weekend.

“We’ll also have a look at Vernon Philander and see if his fitness is alright,” added Adams. “He woke up with a back spasm on Wednesday so we’ll see if he’s alright to go on Friday.”

Justin Kemp will play his first game since taking a break for the birth of his child, with a spot in the line-up having opened up for him.

Despite the Cobras’ numerous team changes in the tournament they currently have a 10-point lead at the top of the table, although the Dolphins have two games in hand.

Friday’s clash is, therefore, crucial if the Dolphins are to deny the Cobras a second home final of the season, with the Western Cape side having already hosted the Momentum One-Day Cup final.

The Dolphins go into the fixture in excellent form, having scored a mammoth 214 for two in a handsome victory over the bizhub Highveld Lions on Wednesday night.

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