CAPE T0WN. – The Cape Cobras possess the talent, the skills and the hunger to win the Sunfoil Series competition for a third time in four seasons, said Omphile Ramela, four-day captain of the Cape Cobras.

The Cobras will start their four-day campaign on 17th December against the VKB Knights at PPC Newlands. At least four national players who formed part of the recent test series against India, Hashim Amla, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Piedt and JP Duminy, will represent the hosts.

The hosts would be eager to shrug off the disappointment following a demoralizing and anti-climactic conclusion to the Ram Slam T20 Challenge by slipping to a five-run loss to the Sunfoil Dolphins.

Ramela was critical of the lack of intensity displayed by the Cape Cobras (in the four-day competition last season) at the press conference where his appointment as captain was confirmed.

Probed about it on Friday, Ramela said: “I think we have to do the basics well and put pressure on the opposition.”

The 27-year old top-order batsman said he believed in managing players individually and understanding their personas and temperaments. “Some players would respond to a kick, others to encouragement.

“You have to empower individuals so that they could feel free to express themselves.”

Ramela’s name was inserted at number five for the South Africa A-team that will meet England on tour.

“I think it is a very strong SA A team. We will be competitive. The idea is that we beat them and also do the national team a favour,” he said.

Ramela finished the 2014/2015-season with two centuries and hammered another ton in his maiden first-class match for South Africa A.

He said it is obvious that he would like to make more of those significant contributions for South Africa A.

The SA A-player recently went through a lean trot in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge, but responded superbly with 96 in his previous first-class match for the Western Province team.

It has given a much-need boost ahead of his battle against England.

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