Cape Town - Proteas all-rounder Wayne Parnell will return to action and be a massive boost to the Cape Cobras' bowling attack for the T20 Challenge.
The Cape Cobras lost by 15 runs to the Dolphins in the opening T20 Challenge match at SuperSport Park in
Centurion, according to the D/L method of recalculation.
The attack, which suffered at the hands of Sarel Erwee (103)
and Khaya Zondo (67) on Sunday, will no doubt be bolstered by the return of
Parnell, when on song, is a match-winner with both bat and
ball in any format of the game.
He is particularly devastating when opening the
innings and can also swing it both ways at pace. The Proteas paceman has taken
166 T20 wickets and produced best-ever figures of 4-13.
"Wayne bowled at 80 percent intensity at three-quarters of his
run-up last week and the idea is that he will be able to operate at 100 percent
starting with training on Tuesday," said Shane Jabaar, the Cape Cobras
Parnell was indisposed due to a groin injury, but his
rehabilitation gathered steam in the lead-up to the opening match on Sunday
against the Dolphins.
Cobras coach Ashwell Prince
resisted the temptation to unleash Parnell while he was not 100 percent. Prince said
it would have been a bit of a lottery to pick Parnell for the maiden clash of
The Cobras could not hit the right lengths - short of a
length - in the first six or seven overs on Sunday and the Dolphins were off
to a flyer, striking a record score of 231 for two.
The valiant Cobras, attempting to chase down 124 in 10 overs
after lightning had forced a reduction of the overs, struck 108 for three,
courtesy of Hashim Amla and Aviwe Mgijima.
Amla (52, 27 balls, 3x4, 4x6) and Mgijima (37, 19 balls,
3x4, 2x6) produced a breath-taking rescue-attempt, sharing in an 88-run
partnership off only 40 balls.
They came close to the century-stand, off only 55 balls,
between Zondo and Erwee, for the third wicket during the Dolphins’ innings.
Jabaar said Tshepo Moreki, who had an injured finger, had a
scan which revealed no fracture, but ligament damage. He was rested for the
opening match of the T20 Challenge.
He will move full steam ahead in the next few days as
the Cobras prepare for the second T20 match against the Highveld Lions
at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday.
The Cobras will then be back at SuperSport Park, Centurion
on Sunday where they will meet the Titans.