CAPE TOWN. – South African cricket fans should not despair or go into national mourning due to the failure of the Cape Cobras trio of JP Duminy, Stiaan van Zyl and Hashim Amla in the Sunfoil Series match at PPC Newlands. They all have super track records and one can expect them to do well in the first test against England, said Andrew Puttick and Werner Coetsee, skippers of the Cape Cobras and the VKB Knights, at PPC Newlands where the visitors romped to an innings and 102-run win against the hosts on Saturday.

Puttick said Duminy looked stylish in both innings and was unlucky to be adjudged trapped leg before wicket when he was getting into his rhythm on 35 in the first innings.

Coetsee echoed the same sentiments.

He said not one of the three South African batsmen were scratchy in the match. Van Zyl scored 21, Amla 23 and Duminy 27 in the second innings.

The pitch had something in it throughout the match and Shadley van Schalkwyk produced a sterling performance by hitting the perfect length and nipping the ball off the seam which found the edges of the Cape Cobras batsmen consistently. Duanne Olivier was almost equally as impressive.

The inexperienced Cape Cobras attack was not able to emulate this consistency.

Amla has averaged 58 in home tests since 2010 while AB de Villiers is averaging 66.07 at home since 2009, according to the website cricinfo.

But the South African test captain only scored 118 in four tests against India recently, while he also produced only 316 runs in his past 11 One Day Internationals.

Coetsee said: “We must remember that they have come back from a difficult tour to India and entered the Sunfoil Series with a lack of confidence. But they have scored so many runs on these home pitches. They are just one innings away from good form,” he added.

Duminy was unperturbed by his batting performances. “I got an opportunity to play. The England team have always had a formidable attack, but I do believe if we play according to our standards, we can beat them. I won’t read too much into what happened against the Knights.”

Puttick said the Knights came to PPC Newlands a hungry team and played proper first-class cricket.

“We were poor,” he said. “It was sad to see the way we capitulated.”

Asked if the Cobras lacked intensity, Puttick concurred. “The Cape Cobras cannot live on past glories and expect just to rock up and win matches. We must understand we don’t possess the team of the past which included Vernon Philander, Justin Kemp and Alistair Gray.

“Against the VKB Knights, we were not at the races,” said Puttick.