Cape Town - The Cape Cobras will be boosted by the Proteas duo of Hashim Amla and Temba Bavuma for their opening Sunfoil Series match against the Knights starting on Tuesday.
Bavuma reckons the the younger players in the Cobras set-up will be are
vowing for places in the national team and this can energise the Cape-side to win the
Sunfoil Series title in 2017/2018.
ago, Bavuma formed part of a Highveld Lions team that won the
competition when Chris Morris, Hardus Viljoen, Kagiso Rabada and Eddie Leie
were fighting for national spots.
it is the same incentive, with candidates like Dane Paterson, Dane Piedt, Jason
Smith and Wayne Parnell contesting for national places in the Sunfoil Series."
Parnell, Tshepo Moreki, Lizaad Williams and Dane Piedt are formidable
competitors, Bavuma mentioned.
captured 40 wickets or more (three seasons ago).
Piedt knows the business and
he has been taking close to 40 wickets or more a few occasions, while Vernon
Philander, when he is available, can do the same, the South African star
"I have faced
Lizaad Williams in the nets and he is the type of guy that can be destined for
higher honours," said Bavuma.
Prince, the Cape Cobras coach, said the team won't change the style that
had them winning three matches in the final five games of the previous Sunfoil
Lions, we chased down 260 in just over 50 overs and Wayne (Parnell) scored a
thrilling century. That is the type of positive brand of cricket we want to
play this season.
this season, points are also up for grabs if you draw. So, if we find ourselves
under the pump with our backs against the wall, we want to show a good fight
and secure the points."
News from the Knights' camp is that the top-order batsman Rilee Rossouw is indisposed due
to a finger operation, while the pace bowler Marchant de Lange is only
scheduled to be back from Glamorgan after the first match.
Dane Piedt (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Simon Khomari, Pieter Malan,
Aviwe Mgijima, Tshepo Moreki, Justin Ontong, Dane Paterson, Andrew Puttick,
Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams.
Theunis de Bruyn (captain), Grant Mokoena, David Miller, Rudi Second, Luthando
Mnyanda, Keegan Petersen, Werner Coetsee, Pite van Biljon, Shadley van
Schalkwyk, Duanne Olivier, Mbulelo Budaza, Otneill Baartman, Eddie Leie.