Pybus issues stern warning

2011-10-31 14:25

Cape Town - Cape Cobras coach Richard Pybus has revealed that he does not even need to be present for his team to do the job.

“I missed the first day due to a bout of tonsillitis, but I was told that Rory bowled a really special spell. And then Dane just took the game away from the Titans by playing with real intent, just as we had spoken about,” said Pybus in Monday’s Cape Times.

Pybus strongly believes that the Cobras recent form has something to do with their bowling line-up, with paceman, Vernon Philander leading the way.

Philander has been drafted into the Proteas Test squad to play against Australia at Newlands, his first call up to a national squad of any kind since 2009, whether he will get to make his Test debut at his home ground remains to be seen.

However, he will get another crack to impress the selectors even more when he plays for the SA ‘A’ side against the touring Aussies in a warm-up match in Potchefstroom. The side includes fellow Protea, JP Duminy.

“Vern (Vernon Philander), of course, has been the leading new ball bowler in the country for some time now, but I am really pleased how well we bowled as a unit,” added Pybus.

Besides winning the Pro20 in two of the last three seasons, the Cape side have been the provincial benchmark in the four-day version of the game for the last two seasons.

However, they have not done well in the traditional one-day domestic competition, which starts this week, during the same period, with their last triumph coming in the 2006/07 season, but Pybus has issued a challenge to the other franchises hoping to cash in any Cobras fragility in what is considered to be one of their ‘weaker’ disciplines.

“We put the SuperSport Series on ice until January and now need to switch our focus to the one-day stuff. But every team that plays us know they’re going to have to bring it, because we will be up at them all the time. We really want to doe well in these one-dayers.”