Proteas add bite to Cobras

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iol spt dec7 Steyn Getty Images Returning Proteas players Graeme Smith, Robin Peterson, Rory Kleinveldt and Dale Steyn are all available for the Cape Cobras. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Johannesburg – Cape Cobras coach Paul Adams believes the addition of Proteas players will add extra spice to their encounter against the Titans in the One-Day Cup play-off match at Sahara Park, Newlands on Sunday.

“With so many big names returning, I think it'll be a great encounter at Newlands,” said Adams.

“We'll sit down over the next 40 hours to find which combinations are best to use for the play-offs.”

Returning Proteas players Graeme Smith, Robin Peterson, Rory Kleinveldt and Dale Steyn are all available for the Cape Cobras.

The Cape Cobras and the Nashua Titans were familiar foes and, with their having played each other as recently as Wednesday, one might think the Cobras would have some extra insight into the workings of the opposition.

But Adams insisted they were staying focused on their own preparation.

“We're focusing less on our opposition and more on getting our game right and making sure that we play to our potential, and we want to get into a good mental space. We're shifting focus to playing aggressive and confident cricket.”

Adams took over as Cape Cobras coach at the start of the season. He has had an impressive run thus far, winning six out of their 10 one-day matches.

“It's been a good season for me as a new coach, especially bouncing back after three losses in a row. I've also been really impressed with the way some of the young players have stepped up and made their mark, but the key thing for the Cobras has been the way each player has contributed.”

Cape Cobras Squad: Justin Ontong (captain), Qaasim Adams, Alistair Gray, Justin Kemp, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, Johann Louw, Andrew Puttick, Robbie Peterson, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Yaseen Vallie, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Vilas. – Sapa

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