Warriors keep fingers crossed

2014-11-01 00:00

THE Warriors are hoping that fast bowler Rusty Theron will return to fitness in time to lead their attack in the Ram Slam T20 season opener against the Knights at the Wanderers tomorrow morning.

Theron is yet to turn out for the Warriors this season due to a knee problem, and his absence has been felt — the Warriors are the only side who have not bowled an opponent out in the Momentum One-Day Cup thus far.

Theron’s return would, therefore, be a welcome one, especially if the Warriors bowl first seeing as seam movement is likely to be on offer when tomorrow’s televised triple-header gets under way at 10 am.

The other key absence for the Warriors this term has been Davey Jacobs, but the arrival of England wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter will fill that hole.

“He’s got a proven track record in Twenty20 around the world and he offers a great ’keeping option for us now that Davey Jacobs is out,” Warriors coach Piet Botha said. “He’ll also contribute experience to our team.”

The Knights will be without Quinton Friend and Corné Dry for the fixture, but coach Sarel Cilliers expects overseas signing Andre Russell to help make up for those absences.

“He bowls a heavy ball and he strikes it well towards the back end of the innings, so that’s exactly where we’ll try and use him,” Cilliers said of the West Indian.

“We’ll give him the ball at the front and at the end, and allow him to hit the ball as he sees fit.”

It’s anyone’s guess as to who will take this game with the record books proving the point. To date, these two sides have met on 20 occasions in T20 cricket, each winning nine times with one tie and one no result.

Whoever wins tomorrow, breaks new ground.

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