“Nowhere to hide,” is arguably a slogan that would encapsulate the brand of cricket that the World Sport Betting Cape Cobras is keen to endorse in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
Ashwell Prince, the head coach, said the Cobras want to produce positive, front-foot and aggressive cricket from the first to the 20th over.
At a team meeting at PPC Newlands in preparation for the opening clash against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at Centurion on Sunday (12th November), the players discussed their ploy to be adventurous and free-flowing.
The WSB Cape Cobras won the competition in December 2014 and was a losing semi-finalist in 2015/2016.
One area where the Cape team struggled the past few seasons, was in the middle-order of the T20 series. The team battled to sustain or lift the tempo after a rollicking start by Richard Levi and Wayne Parnell.
“We don’t want to limit ourselves (from the sixth to the 14th over). If one of the openers, Levi or Hashim Amla, is still there, we want to go at seven or eight or even double figures in the middle period. We don’t want to have a defensive mind-set.
“And that is not just about the batting. With the ball, we want to be attacking, because taking wickets is the best way to restrict your opposition,” he said.
Dane Paterson, who captured 2-29 in his previous T20 International for South Africa, backed the experienced attack of the WSB Cape Cobras to do the business. He said a key factor would be to capture wickets in the power plays.
“We have players like Rory (Kleinveldt), Vernon (Philander), (Mthiwekhaya) Nabe, GF (Linde) and JP (Duminy), so we can definitely do it.
“It is about getting back to basics. In my previous One Day International series, I tried to swing it in the first two games instead of nailing the back-of-the-length area. And every last ball of the over went for a boundary. It was nice hitting some form in the last ODI (Paterson captured 3-44). But I do feel more comfortable in the T20 competition,” he said.
Paterson looked in prime form at the PPC Newlands nets on Friday, as his consistent Yorkers made the all-rounders struggle to strike anything past the proverbial inner ring.
Talking about the all-rounders: the WSB Cape Cobras boast the presence of at least four of them who can all bash big boundaries – Duminy, Linde, Philander and Kleinveldt.
And Aviwe Mgijima, who has come a long way with the bat the past two seasons, would want to count himself a batting all-rounder.
Mgijima and Linde both pasted the bowlers on Friday, underlining Prince’s philosophy that the Cobras are keen to play aggressive, front-foot cricket against all-comers in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
WSB Cape Cobras squad: JP Duminy (Captain), Qaasim Adams (W/Keeper), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, George Linde, Aviwe Mgijima, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Justin Ontong, Dane Paterson, Vernon Philander, Jason Smith
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