T20 Challenge

Paterson hopes Cobras form boosts Protea call-up

2017-12-05 19:32
Dane Paterson (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - A rejuvenated Dane Paterson reckons that if the Cape Cobras performs close to 100 percent, they would be "unstoppable".

The Cobras are currently second of the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge log behind the unbeaten Titans.

Paterson, who delivered a match-winning 3 for 25 against the Warriors last week, expressed his confidence that the team could handle the strong Knights' onslaught on Wednesday at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley.

The 28-year-old revealed that he will be targeting two key men in the Knights' line-up: Theunis de Bruyn and David Miller.

"If we do that, I am sure we can skittle them out (cheaply)," he added.

Paterson was recently dropped, admitted that it was a painful experience, but he had a man-to-man-chat with coach Ashwell Prince.

Charl Langeveldt, former Cobras and Protea swing bowler, also spoke candidly to him about his run-up.

The run-up was either too slow at the start or the finish, which became the root of his problem and caused inconsistency.

Now he has a steadier run-up and it has aided his return to top form.

READ: School of hard knocks for Proteas' Paterson

Probed about whether this has boosted his possible international recall, Paterson said he guessed he has done that.

"I had to be dropped. I am no super human being that should not have been omitted," he added.

Paterson captured 4 for 32 in a T20I against England earlier this year and also nipped out 2 for 29 against Bangladesh in Bloemfontein in October.

In the one-day format, he claimed a career-best figures of 3 for 44 against the Tigers in East London.

When referring to the Cobras, Paterson said his side are only performing at 70 percent and this is reflected in their batting totals. If they got up to 90 percent, they can post totals beyond 180 easily and then they will be unstoppable, he remarked.

Paterson's excellent rhythm and renewed confidence will be an important factor if the Cobras are to retain their No 2 position on the T20 Challenge log when they take on the Knights in Kimberley on Wednesday.

Play gets underway at 18:00.

Cape Cobras squad:

JP Duminy (c), Ferisco Adams, Qaasim Adams, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Aviwe Mgijima, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Dane Paterson, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kyle Verreynne

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