His progress will be monitored by the Cape Cobras management team when the Cape champions and the Warriors meet in two 50-over matches on Tuesday and Wednesday in Oudtshoorn.
The Cobras’ opening match of the Momentum One Day Cup competition is on 10th October, when the Cobras and the bizhub Highveld Lions will be at loggerheads at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium.
Wayne Parnell and Beuran Hendricks, two left-arm swing bowlers, joined their colleagues on the bus to Oudtshoorn on Monday, but won’t be taking the field.
Both are nursing injuries and Paul Adams, the Cape Cobras coach, is optimistic they will be ready for the opening fixture of the Momentum One Day Cup competition.
Omphile Ramela and Keegan Petersen will open the batting for the Cobras. Both have been in scintillating form lately.
Ramela smashed a century on debut for South Africa A, while Petersen struck a century in a preseason-match against the Lions.
Petersen will also take the gloves for the Cobras.
Andrew Puttick has been given a breather after representing South Western Districts at the Africa T20 Cup.
Smith, who has the ability to develop into an all-rounder of note, will slot in at number six.
The left-arm spinner GF Linde and the South African off-spinner Dane Piedt will bowl in tandem and can offer the Cape Cobras some wickets in the middle-period, as both are attacking options.
The fast-medium bowler Tshepo Moreki has shown some class recently, taking 12 wickets for the South African national academy team in two four-day matches against the Sri Lankan Emerging squad.
Khomari was selected for Boland for the Africa T20 Cup recently.
Dane Paterson and Lizaad Williams will spearhead the Cape Cobras’ attack.
The team is: Justin Ontong (capt), Omphile Ramela, Keegan Petersen, Zubayr Hamza, Simon Khomari, Jason Smith, GF Linde, Dane Piedt, Dane Paterson, Lizaad Williams, Tshepo Moreki.