T20 Domestic Cup

Morkel back to boost Titans

2014-01-14 21:30
Morne Morkel (Gallo Images)
Pretoria - The Titans will gain a top-class bowler but lose a leading batsman when they host the Warriors in Wednesday’s RAM SLAM T20 game at Willowmoore Park.

While Morne Morkel will enjoy his first outing in Titans colours this season and provide a welcome boost to the bowling department, the franchise have decided to give Faf du Plessis a rest in line with stipulations from the national selectors.

“Faf is not playing - CSA has requested that the batting line-up for the Test side be given a week’s break at some stage so he’s taken his week off after the Cobras game,” said Titans coach Rob Walter.

“We should have him back for the weekend.”

Although Marchant de Lange is physically fit, the Titans have elected to give him more time to become match ready.

After experiencing defeat for the first time in the RAM SLAM T20 on Saturday, the Warriors have resolved to improve their cricket during the power play overs.

Having won their first two games of the competition, the Warriors went down to the Cape Cobras by 18 runs and captain Davy Jacobs had no trouble pin-pointing where they had gone wrong.

“We just started badly with the ball,” he said.

“They got off to a flying start and we were basically chasing the game from then.

"When we came to bat, our first six overs were also not great.

“We’ve obviously spoken about the power plays as being something we need to improve on, because we finish well with the ball and we’ve finished well with the bat.”

With Colin Ingram still out, the Warriors are likely to maintain an unchanged side for the match, which begins at 18:00.

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