Paul Adams, the Cobras coach, said he had a phone call from Levi’s doctor on Wednesday evening advising the withdrawal of the right-hander, as he suffered mild concussion after being hit at the end of his innings against the Chevrolet Warriors at the Newlands cricket ground.
Levi struck a superb 79 and featured in a 90-run opening stand with Stiaan van Zyl to get the Cobras innings off to a rollicking start.
Adams said the fast bowler Beuran Hendricks will replace Levi in the Cobras starting team, while Puttick will be moved up the order from number four to the opening spot.
Hendricks, Rory Kleinveldt, Dane Paterson and Mthokozisi Shezi could form a lethal quartet of bowlers and can challenge the Titans top-order.
Adams said Hendricks worked hard on his fitness since recovering from injury.
The left-arm swing bowler faded a touch in his later spells since his comeback from a back injury.
Adams pronounced himself please with the overall effort by the team.
“We have been discussing compiling big partnerships and a massive total, and we did that. The bowling attack put the ball consistently in good areas, but the Warriors defended well,” Adams added.
Despite the absence of Levi, the Cobras possess enough fire-power with the bat to compile a 450-run first-innings score.
Justin Kemp, Dane Vilas and Robin Peterson looked in good nick with the bat against the Warriors.
Omphile Ramela scored his first Sunfoil Series century, a 411-minute ultramarathon with 17 boundaries and a six.
He featured in a 162-run partnership with Justin Ontong for the fourth wicket.
Ontong, Van Zyl and Puttick slammed nine centuries during the Sunfoil Series competition of 2013/2014, but Van Zyl and Ontong played in only four four-day games each in 2014/2015.
Van Zyl managed 107 in his four-day game against the Sunfoil Dolphins, while Ontong hammered 82 off 107 balls against the Warriors.
The Titans lower middle-order has looked in disarray in the three-wicket loss against the Sunfoil Dolphins during the weekend, and if the Cobras can expose the middle-order quickly by running through the top-order, the visitors can be in business in Benoni.
The Cobras squad is: Justin Ontong (capt), Stiaan van Zyl, Andrew Puttick, Omphile Ramela, Dane Vilas, Justin Kemp, Robin Peterson, Rory Kleinveldt, Dane Paterson, Beuran Hendricks, Mthokozisi Shezi, Lizaad Williams.