CAPE TOWN - Yearning for greater consistency and applying continuous pressure from both ends form part of Rory Kleinveldt’s game plans B and C to inspire the Cape Cobras to two wins in the final matches of the first half of the Sunfoil Series.
Kleinveldt (34) is currently sidelined by an abdominal strain. Yet, he is involved with the Cobras as a bowling consultant. He is upbeat about the chances of the Cape team producing the first win of the season after three consecutive draws in the Sunfoil Series.
“We have so much talent,” he says.
In nine Sunfoil Series matches this season, not one of the six teams have captured 20 wickets on lifeless domestic pitches.
To add insult to misery, the Cobras have mostly been without four international bowlers - Kleinveldt, Vernon Philander, Dane Paterson and Wayne Parnell.
The latter two bowlers are set to represent the Proteas in the one-day international series against Bangladesh. Kleinveldt and Philander are injured.
Kleinveldt said Lizaad Williams and Tshepo Moreki have a few seasons’ experience and must show what they are made of and step up to the plate.
In terms of the collective responsibility of the attack, he lamented the lack of consistency.
“We are leaking too many boundaries and opponents are batting at a run-rate of four or five per over. We should be applying and sustaining more pressure from both ends,” he added.
The Cobras have been without a dedicated bowling coach since Charl Langeveldt was appointed as part of the Proteas management team, and therefore Kleinveldt can fill a void and help to inspire the side.
The vastly experienced seam bowler, who has taken 436 wickets in 143 first-class matches, almost feels a moral obligation to assist the new-look bowling attack.
He said when he was playing club cricket for Victoria in Grade 11, there were elder statesmen like Ashley Abrahams, the skipper, Eugene Moleon and others who shared their knowledge and insight into the appropriate game plans for each situation with him.
When he played in his maiden season for Western Province, Langeveldt, Charl Willoughby and Alan Dawson never shirked their responsibility to assist him. He learned invaluable lessons from the three international swing bowlers.
Now he is itching to share his knowledge with a willing attack, some of whom are at the infancy stages of their franchise careers.
If the bowlers cannot get wickets on a pitch that is conducive to seam, they have to switch to Plan B and C to force batsmen into mistakes instead of gifting them free runs, is Kleinveldt’s observation.
Kleinveldt’s level of experience, aided by the fact that he represented the Proteas in 20 matches and was in the national picture from 2012 to 2014, will be an invaluable asset to the Cobras.
His positive mindset and skills set can help to transform the fortunes of talented bowlers like Williams, Moreki, Michael Cohen, Jason Smith, Dane Piedt, GF Linde and Kyle Simmonds.
Meanwhile, Dr Mohammed Moosajee, team doctor and manager of the Proteas, said about Philander’s imminent return: “Vernon’s rehabilitation is progressing steadily and the target for his return is to play in the Cobras’ four-day match starting on 23rd October.
“A final call will be made closer to the time.”
The Cobras will face the Warriors at Newlands from Monday (10am start), and host the Dolphins at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn from 23 October.