Paul Adams, the Cape Cobras coach, has called for an improvement in the top-order batting, despite the fact that the Cape champions finished the first round of the Momentum One Day Cup competition at the summit of the log with 14 points.
Adams said a lack of substantial scores, especially centuries, by members of the top-order was one areas of concern in the first round of the Momentum One Day Cup campaign. Rescue acts by lower middle-order batsmen constantly powered the Cape Cobras to competitive scores and they were able to secure two bonus-point wins.
Puttick missed a few crucial games due to a mouth infection. His reunion with the hard-hitting Richard Levi could aid the Cape Cobras in their quest for a substantial opening partnership and a solid base in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
Pollard is a streetwise all-rounder, and somebody capable of propelling the Cape Cobras to scores close to 200 if provided with an excellent foundation. He was the premier player in the domestic T20-showpiece last season, capturing 14 wickets and averaging 81 with the blade.
Kleinveldt, Wayne Parnell, Pollard, Tshepo Moreki and Robin Peterson could be a match-winning bowling attack, even if they are to protect a below-par score.
Dane Paterson and Kleinveldt will be given a breather when the Cape Cobras play practice matches on Tuesday.
Puttick will consult a specialist on Tuesday in a precautionary measure to ensure he is ready for the T20-action on Sunday.