Ram Slam T20 Challenge 2013-14

Smith rested from Ram Slam T20

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January 24, 2014

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Graeme Smith avoids a bouncer, South Africa v India, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 2nd day, December 19, 2013
Graeme Smith will rest his ankle as a precaution as South Africa prepare for the Test series against Australia © Getty Images

In preparation for the Test series against Australia that starts on February 12, Graeme Smith will not feature for Cape Cobras for the remainder of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge. Cobras will also rest JP Duminy for tonight's match against Dolphins in Paarl.

"JP will have a break on Friday, and Graeme has been pulled out of the tournament altogether because his ankle flared up," Cobras coach Paul Adams told sport24. "It's a precaution, and he'll also be preparing for the Test series (against Australia in February)."

Cobras will continue to rotate the Test players in their squad, with Duminy slated to return for their final two matches of the tournament. Hashim Amla will play against Dolphins, but will take no further part in the tournament.

"We'll also have a look at Vernon Philander and see if his fitness is alright," Adams said. "He woke up with a back spasm on Wednesday so we'll see if he's alright to go on Friday."

The changes will allow Cobras to welcome back Justin Kemp, who had played three matches before taking a break for the birth of his child. Cobras sit atop the Ram Slam table, 10 points ahead of second-placed Dolphins, who have played five matches to Cobras' seven.

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Posted by Marktc on (January 27, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

Have to agree, Klienveld and Parnell have never been long term performers.....guys who have missed out like De Lange or Hendricks shoul dbe given a shot and I am sure, they will do a lot better.

Posted by SICHO on (January 24, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

@creebo777 that would be one hell of a combination. Its about time for Beuran Hendricks to be in the mix for the national set-up. From T20s to ODIs to hopefully Tests. Our selectors have to stop dragging Kleinveldt along. There are better prospects than him available

Posted by creebo777 on (January 24, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

wheres dale steyn,want to see the beuran hendricks and dale steyn combo,one with a killer outswinger and other one with an inswinger,they gona miss jps spin

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