Klein­veldt can help in­spire Co­bras bowlers

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YEARN­ING for greater con­sis­tency and ap­ply­ing con­tin­u­ous pres­sure from both ends form part of Rory Klein­veldt’s game plans B and C to in­spire the Cape Co­bras to two wins in the fi­nal matches of the first half of the Sun­foil Se­ries.

Klein­veldt (34) is cur­rently side­lined by an ab­dom­i­nal strain. Yet, he is in­volved with the Co­bras as a bowl­ing con­sul­tant. He is up­beat about the chances of the Cape team pro­duc­ing the first win of the sea­son after three con­sec­u­tive draws in the Sun­foil Se­ries.

“We have so much tal­ent,” he says.

In nine Sun­foil Se­ries matches this sea­son, not one of the six teams have cap­tured 20 wick­ets on life­less do­mes­tic pitches.

To add in­sult to mis­ery, the Co­bras have mostly been with­out four in­ter­na­tional bowlers – Klein­veldt, Ver­non Phi­lan­der, Dane Pater­son and Wayne Par­nell.

The lat­ter two bowlers are set to rep­re­sent the Proteas in the one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries against Bangladesh. Klein­veldt and Phi­lan­der are in­jured.

Klein­veldt said Lizaad Wil­liams and Tshepo Moreki have a few sea­sons’ ex­pe­ri­ence and must show what they are made of and step up to the plate.

In terms of the col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity of the at­tack, he lamented the lack of con­sis­tency.

“We are leak­ing too many bound­aries and op­po­nents are bat­ting at a run-rate of four or five 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 as 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 newlook bowl­ing at­tack.

He said when he was play­ing 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 in­sight into the ap­pro­pri­ate 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.

If the bowlers can­not get wick­ets on a pitch that is con­ducive to seam, they 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 level of ex­pe­ri­ence, aided by the fact that he rep­re­sented the Proteas in 20 matches and was in the na­tional pic­ture from 2012 to 2014, will be an in­valu­able as­set to the Co­bras.

His pos­i­tive mind­set and skills set can help to trans­form the for­tunes of tal­ented bowlers like Wil­liams, Moreki, Michael Co­hen, Ja­son Smith, Dane Piedt, GF Linde and Kyle Simmonds.

Mean­while, Dr Mo­hammed Moosajee, team doc­tor and man­ager of the Proteas, said about Phi­lan­der’s im­mi­nent re­turn: “Ver­non’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is pro­gress­ing steadily and the tar­get for his re­turn is to play in the Co­bras’ four-day match start­ing on 23rd Oc­to­ber.

“A fi­nal call will be made closer to the time.”

The Co­bras will face the War­riors at New­lands from Mon­day (10am start), and host the Dol­phins at the Recre­ation Ground in Oudtshoorn from 23 Oc­to­ber. – Zaahier Adams

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