Cape Town - The SOS-call to Robin Peterson
wasn’t necessary after all, as Sybrand Engelbrecht has ensured Cape Cobras
team-management that the infection that has caused discomfort in his jaw-area
has improved and that he will be ready for the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge clash
against the Warriors on Friday.
Engelbrecht will be one of the two Cape
Cobras spinners who could play a pivotal role against the Warriors on what is
expected to be a slow wicket at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
The off-spinner said he had an ear
infection about a month ago, and has recently experienced headaches and some
pain the area of his jaw. He has sufficiently improved to fly to Port
Engelbrecht has been a revelation for the
Cobras since replacing JP Duminy as all-rounder during the Champions League
Twenty20 in India.
Peterson, who has just returned from the
One Day International series against Australia where he nabbed out four
Australian batsmen for 32 runs in the fifth and final match, was on standby to
He will possibly play on Sunday in the T20
Challenge clash against the Knights at Chevrolet Park in Bloemfontein.
Rory Kleinveldt, a national fast bowler,
will replace Shaheen Khan in the 13-man squad for the match against the
Warriors. Khan injured ankle-ligaments while warming up at Newlands on
Stiaan van Zyl can still not force his way
into the team, which is a testimony to the current form of the top-of-the-table
Cobras. Van Zyl was a member of the national Test squad for the series against
Sri Lanka and the one-off Test against Zimbabwe, and had been in scintillating
form with the bat in the 2013/14 Sunfoil Series.
He also produced a splendid performance for
the Cobras against the Highveld Lions in a One Day Cup match at Paarl before
injuring his leg.
“It is a very difficult situation. I
presume it is a pleasant selection-poser,” said Ontong. “You don’t want to
change a winning combination and scratch unnecessarily.”
“We discussed our performances and the
requirements at the back-end of the competition. We realise we cannot become
complacent. Two or three excellent performances by the Warriors and we will be
on the losing end.
“We are about 20 % off the performances of
teams who are considered heavyweights in the Champions League Twenty20. We have
made great starts, but the middle-order is still not doing that well.
“I am one of the players that need to stick
up his hand,” said Ontong.
The skipper said the fielding is still a
problem area. “To be honest, it is a worrying aspect of cricket domestically.
“It is not only the case in the T20
Challenge, but it was also disappointing in the One Day Cup competition,” he
said about the many catches that have been dropped the past two months by all
The Cobras-squad for the match against the
Justin Ontong (captain), Andrew Puttick, Dane
Paterson, Dane Vilas, Ferisco Adams, George F Linde, Kieron Pollard, Lizaad
Williams, Mthokozisi Shezi, Omphile Ramela, Richard Levi, Rory Kleinveldt,