CAPE TOWN. – The talismanic Richard Levi, a hard-hitting opener whose exploits have made global headlines, might still represent the Cape Cobras in Friday’s crucial Ram Slam T20 Challenge match against the Sunfoil Dolphins.

He has been ruled out of the T20-match against the Warriors at Buffalo Park in East London on Wednesday  and Wayne Parnell will continue to partner Andrew Puttick at the top of the order in his absence.

The fast bowler Dane Paterson has been added to the Cape Cobras squad in the only change from the group that travelled to Johannesburg and trounced the bizhub Highveld Lions.

“Richard did consult a neurologist in Johannesburg and he has been assessed. It is mild concussion. There will be another assessment made on Wednesday and we hope he will be ready for Friday’s match,” said Paul Adams, the Cape Cobras coach. “There is a good chance he will be ready.”

Levi suffered a blow against the head when a throw from the boundary accidentally hit him in the temple. He was helped from the Wanderers ground and taken to hospital, where he stayed overnight as a precautionary measure. The initial prognosis is that there was no damage beyond mild concussion.

Levi once struck 117 off 51 balls with 13 sixes against New Zealand in his second T20-match for South Africa as he destroyed the Black Caps.

“He is a strong character, and I don’t think the injury will affect him when he is front of the stumps with his helmet on,” said Justin Ontong, the Cape Cobras skipper.

“I am sure he will be tested with the short ball. I have been hit against the head and I was tested, and the opposition will target him as a man to dismiss cheaply and they will use it. But he will expect it and will prepare himself mentally for that (barrage),” said Ontong.

Regarding the clash against the Warriors, Ontong said momentum is vital leading into the play-offs.

“We batted very well against the Lions and we did not feel we needed another pinch-hitter at the crease after the fall of the first wicket because Wayne Parnell was there.  That is why I batted at number three,” Ontong explained.

The return of Paterson and the availability of three other seam bowlers in Parnell, Rory Kleinveldt and Mthokozisi Shezi, will bolster the Cobras’ attack.

Yet, Robin Peterson might still be the kingpin for the visitors, as the surface in East London tends to be low and slow, which could favour Peterson.

The left-arm spinner captured five for 25 against the Warriors in a Momentum One Day Cup match last season and could be amongst the wickets again on Wednesday.

The Cobras, though, will be mindful of their approach to the middle overs, which has been a source of concern. Their tendency to bat at the tempo of a run a ball and their lack of boundary options in that period have often resulted in them losing momentum.

The Cape Cobras squad is: Justin Ontong (capt), Andrew Puttick, Dane Paterson, Keegan Petersen, Lesiba Ngoepe, Justin Kemp, Siya Simetu, SA Engelbrecht, Robin Peterson, Wayne Parnell, Mthokozisi Shezi, Rory Kleinveldt, Lizaad Williams.