Kleinveldt hopes he can show Cobras bowlers value of Plans B and C
LIZAAD WILLIAMS and Tshepo Moreki have a few seasons’ experience and they must show what they are made of and step up to the plate as bowlers for the Cape Cobras.
That is the view of veteran seamer Rory Kleinveldt, currently acting as a bowling consultant for the Cobras while nursing an abdominal muscle injury.
Kleinveldt’s basic desire is for the bowlers selected for the next two Sunfoil Series games to find greater consistency and apply constant pressure from both ends.
Matches against the Warriors at Newlands from Monday. and the Dolphins at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn from Monday, October 23, will bring an end to the first half of the four-day competition.
All the matches in the first three rounds of the competition have ended in draws.
Kleinveldt, 34, is upbeat about the chances of the Cape side producing the first win of the season next week.
The Cape Cobras have mostly been without four international bowlers – Kleinveldt, Vernon Philander, Dane Paterson and Wayne Parnell. The latter two are set to represent the Proteas in the ODI series against Bangladesh. Kleinveldt and Philander are injured.
In terms of the collective responsibility of the Cobras’ attack, Kleinveldt lamented the lack of consistency.
“We are leaking too many boundaries and opponents are batting at a run-rate of 4 or 5 per over. We should be applying and sustaining more pressure from both ends,” he added.
The Cobras have been without a dedicated bowling coach since Charl Langeveldt was appointed part of the Proteas management team and therefore Kleinveldt can fill a void and help to inspire the side.
The vastly experienced seam bowler, who has taken 436 wickets in 143 first-class matches, almost feels a moral obligation to assist the new-look bowling attack.
He said when he played club cricket for Victoria in Grade 11, there were elder statesmen like Ashley Abrahams, the skipper, Eugene Moleon and others who shared their knowledge and their insight into game plans for each situation with him.
When he played in his maiden season for Western Province, Langeveldt, Charl Willoughby and Alan Dawson never shirked their responsibility to assist him. He learned invaluable lessons from the three international swing bowlers.
Now he is itching to share his knowledge with a willing attack, some of whom are at the infancy stages of their franchise careers. Bowlers have to switch to Plan B and C to force batsmen into mistakes instead of gifting them free runs, is Kleinveldt’s observation.
Kleinveldt’s positive mindset and skillset can help to transform the fortunes of talented bowlers like Williams, Moreki, Michael Cohen, Jason Smith, Dane Piedt, GF Linde and Kyle Simmonds.
l Philander could return for the four-day match starting on October 23.