Cape Town - Titans
coach Mark Boucher is wary of the festive and celebratory syndrome as his
players prepare for their final match of 2017 that will launch their One-Day Cup season against the Knights at SuperSport Park in Centurion on
are the defending champions of the competition, and just five days ago,
celebrated winning the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge title by thumping the Dolphins at the same venue.
with the holidays also looming, Boucher is worried his players may not be in
"For me the
challenge is going to be, obviously coming off a very big high of winning the
T20 competition to a couple of days turnaround in a new competition, it's
almost like one game and then we're on holiday," he said.
going to be a challenge, whether our guys can pick themselves up for the one
game, after the high of another good campaign, knowing there's a holiday to
pros and there's cons to it. I think a plus is we haven't had any break like
some of the other teams have had, we've been playing continuously, so the
technical side of the game I'm not too concerned about.
the intensity and getting our bodies up again for one game to start the
tournament off," said the former Proteas wicketkeeper.
of the other teams who have two games this week, the Titans and Knights have
just the one game before the Christmas and New Year break. They will resume
their campaigns again in early January.
also hoping the addition of a few new faces to their squad, like Gregory
Mahlokwana, Andrea Agathagelou and Grant Thomson will bolster the hunger in
we have a few new guys in the team, so hopefully there'll bring fresh energy to
our dressing room to keep us going," he stated.
the Knights ended last in the 20-over competition after winning only two out of
their 10 games.
be desperate for some sort of response as they bid to end the year on a high.
is wary of the threat they will pose.
surprise me in white ball cricket because I don't think they've done as well as
they should have," he added. "They are a very dangerous team and they can
probably beat anyone in the competition on any given day.
"So, we'll have to be ready for them and make sure we try and end the
year on a high."