Proteas batsman Hashim Amla has been included in the 13-man squad for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras as the 4Day Domestic Series resumes. The Cobras head to Port Elizabeth to take on the Warriors starting on Wednesday.

In another team change, Simon Khomari replaces Aviwe Mgijima in the squad.

“Simon scored three scores of 70 in the Momentum One Day Cup last season and we hope he will continue that type of form for us against the Warriors,” said Ashwell Prince, coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

The test player Amla is available for selection and will strengthen the top-order. Prince is not concerned about the lack of form Amla showed for the Durban Heat in the Mzansi Super League. He came back from an injury and in such a case T20 cricket is the worst format in which to resurrect your form.

Amla averages 47.23 in first-class cricket with a best of 311 and is a world-class batsman.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras won four out of their first five matches and are leading the table, and Prince said the reason for that excellence was that the team produced the basics with bat and ball. There were stunning partnerships with the bat and the ball and if the visitors are to repeat their winning ways, they have to reproduce those great partnerships with bat and ball.

“There is no weak team in the 4Day Domestic Series. The Warriors have lost Anrich Nortje, their best fast bowler and we want to cover all our bases and therefore have selected GF Linde as a second spinner. We are preparing for all possibilities and will assess the conditions when we get to Port Elizabeth,” Prince said.

Jannaman Malan was ruled out of the final of the Mzansi Super League due to a stomach bug and food poisoning, but he batted on Monday at training and will travel to Port Elizabeth as part of a thirteen-man squad.

Vernon Philander is the only test player that was ruled out of selection due to a fractured finger.

Apart from Amla, Zubayr Hamza, a potential test debutant for the Boxing Day Test at SuperSport Park, will also play at Port Elizabeth against the Warriors.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras played an explosive brand of cricket in the first four matches, winning all four thanks to their attacking prowess with the bat and excellent bowling, particularly by Dane Paterson and Tladi Bokako who were a revelation as an opening pair.

If the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras can sustain that winning approach, they will be difficult to beat at St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.

Prince said the change of format should not be a problem. The only aspect that requires a mental switch is that fast bowlers will bowl 20 overs per day and not four.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Squad: Dane Piedt (capt), Pieter Malan, Janneman Malan, Hashim Amla, Zubayr Hamza, Kyle Verreynne, Simon Khomari, David Bedingham, Jason Smith, GF Linde, Dane Paterson, Tladi Bokako, Mthiwekhaya Nabe.