Finding that extra gear and possessing the right mindset while batting in the first innings are two important ingredients for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in their Sunfoil Series match against the Warriors (starting on Thursday at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth), said Ashwell Prince, the coach.
Prince said in a jam-packed Sunfoil Series the team requires a balance between rest and training and the Cobras did just that after the VKB Knights match.
He said the debriefing on Monday was a vital aspect of the preparations for the Warriors match. The team discussed the difference between the mind-set in the first innings and the second innings while batting.
The presence of JP Duminy and his experience was a boost for the team while discussing the right mental frame of mind when batting first.
One of the vital aspects of preparing for a Sunfoil Series match is to respect your opponents and expect them to bat and bowl well. “You just have to do it a bit better. That is one thing I have realized in my career. There are just a few games in which your opponents turn up and don’t play well at all. There are small margins and you have to edge your opponents,” he said.
Prince highlighted the importance of starting well and establishing a comprehensive first-innings total. If a team doesn’t do that, and ends up 200 runs behind, they are always likely to play catch-up cricket.
Wayne Parnell was not released by Cricket South Africa from the first-test squad against Bangladesh.
But Prince said the Cobras possessed good all-rounders in the team in Jason Smith and Dayyaan Galiem. He added that Simon Khomari should be braver and ask his skipper for an opportunity to bowl, because with his left-arm variations, he can pose a few questions to opposing teams.
Smith struck 500 runs last season and captured 20 wickets. He is clearly a batting all-rounder.
Galiem, though, is still at the infancy stage of his franchise career. “He can swing the ball and run through sides, and as a batsman, he can score you centuries. But he is still finding his feet at franchise level, so it is difficult to determine whether he is a batting all-rounder or a bowling all-rounder,” he added.
Prince was in awe of the defiance displayed by the WSB Cape Cobras on a flat track in Bloemfontein, culminating in a score of 567 for six in the second innings.
The Spirited Cricket Fund benefited richly from the partnerships in the WSB Cape Cobras’ batting innings and the team has already accumulated R22 500,00 for beneficiaries.
Now Prince wants more of those partnerships to occur in the first innings and for the Cobras to set up a healthy lead.
“Do we have the personnel to clinch this match? Yes, we do. We have the experience and if there are something in the pitch for the bowlers, we can definitely grab the opportunity. The pitch in Bloemfontein was definitely too flat,” he added.
WSB Cape Cobras Squad: Dane Piedt (Captain) Dayyaan Galiem, Zubayr Hamza, Simon Khomari, Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Tshepo Moreki, Justin Ontong, Dane Paterson, Andrew Puttick, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams