The left-arm swing bowler Parnell started bowling on Wednesday and might return to the action within two weeks following his hamstring-injury. “Parnie is about 50 % right now but recovering ,” said Paul Adams, the Cape Cobras coach.
Hendricks sustained the injury while on tour with the South Africa A team in India. He only bowled three overs in the second unofficial test against India A before the management team relieved him of his on-field duties as a precautionary measure. He took no further part in the match.
The Cape Cobras will be able to call on Philander, a vastly experienced South African bowler, Parnell, Hendricks, Rory Kleinveldt, Dane Paterson, Mthokozisi Shezi and Tshepo Moreki for the opening match in the Momentum One Day Cup tournament.
The main challenge would be to pick a balanced attack without surrendering fire-power, control or batting ability. In this regard, the batting prowess of Parnell and Philander are bonuses.
The left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, who captured 18 wickets in the Momentum One Day Cup tournament in the 2014/2015-season, will be another potential bowling stalwart and offers the Cobras much with the bat and as an excellent inner-ring fielder.
The Cape Cobras leave on their tour to Gauteng on Friday morning.