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Depleted #Titans Seek Cobras Lift

@TheSportsEagle - 04-02-2016 - View: 273

The Titans have been worst hit by national call-ups in recent weeks, but coach Rob Walter admits it will not be used as an excuse ahead of their vital Momentum One-Day Cup clash against the Cape Cobras at Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Friday.

Depleted #Titans Seek Cobras Lift

Several of their players are currently involved in the One-Day International series against England, while others like Albie Morkel are injured, although the captain had also been picked by the national team before he joined the crocked list.  The Titans, currently fifth on the table and six points behind the log-leading Cobras, lost their last outing to the Warriors by 14 runs on Sunday.

Coach Rob Walter says:  'Sunday was particularly bad.  We were missing seven players and then picked up two injuries on the day, so to miss nine players who usually start is huge.  Any team will be affected by that.  But in saying that, we still could have won the game after playing very well.  So we can't use that as an excuse, we need to work.'  With Dean Elgar, Theunis De Bruyn and Qaasim Adams now back from South Africa 'A' duty, the Titans coach at least has some reinforcements for a game they simply have to win.

 Looking ahead to the clash, Walter says:  'They are top of the table for a reason and it's because they must have played pretty well.  Matches between the Titans and the Cobras are generally very good ones and I don’t think Friday will be any different.  So expect a good contest.'  Paul Adams welcomes back Dane Vilas and Wayne Parnell for the game.  The Cobras coach expects the Titans to be very competitive despite their current troubles. 

Adams says:  'There's sort of disarray in their squad, but they always have enough depth within to put a quality team out. '

Photo credit: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

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