After losing the Momentum One-Day Cup final at home to the Titans last Friday, Cobras captain Justin Ontong has a difficult task of rousing his troops for the final six weeks of the season, but will be motivating them with the idea that it shouldn’t be dull.
“It’s a case of us not dropping our heads and thinking that the season is over for us, because it’s not,” said Ontong. “We’re in with a chance and we need to go out and display the positive cricket that we know we can play.
“We’ve got nothing to lose and we have to play an aggressive brand of cricket, so it could be exciting. We’ve got to be prepared to lose the game in order to win it.”
The Cobras have injury doubts in Mthokozisi Shezi (side strain) and Justin Kemp (ankle), while the Knights are waiting to see how a few of their players respond to Tuesday’s training session.
The hosts will, however, be returning to an old strategy now that fast bowlers Quinton Friend, Corne Dry, Malusi Siboto and Dillon du Preez are all fit.
“We’ve gone back to a four-man pace attack,” captain Werner Coetsee said. “We couldn’t use it in the more recent games because of injury, but it has worked for us before.
“There isn’t much in it between fifth place and second place on the log, so it’s very close. We’re still going to play a major part.”