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Cape Cobras problems run deeper than just at the top, says Vernon Philander

By Zaahier Adams 25m in the past

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CAPE TOWN – Proteas and Cape Cobras legend Vernon Philander believes “a complete overhaul” of the constructions is required in the Western Cape to get cricket again on monitor in the area.

The Cobras have but to win a single sport this season, with their dismal report stretching additional throughout all codecs. They didn’t style any success in the 4-Day Domestic Series final season too and have continued in that vein to date in 2020-21, whereas they completed final in the 2019-20 Momentum 1-Day Cup too.

Undoubtedly the stress and focus is firmly on coach Ashwell Prince to turnaround the crew’s fortunes, however Philander believes the problems run far deeper.

“We don’t have the depth of players coming through the system like we used to,” Philander informed IOL Sport. “We can’t just rely on the feeder system being the four big Southern Suburbs boys’ schools. Local talent needs to be nurtured all around the province and structures need to be put in place to create these opportunities.

“We have to ask the questions … ‘What is being done at amateur level? Do we have the right personnel in the set up? Are they able to funnel the talent that is there through the system?

“Everybody is looking at the very top for the answers. That’s the end product. I feel that’s more a management role in this era. It’s lower down where the ‘real’ coaching needs to be done and that’s why I believe a complete overhaul needs to happen.”

Philander has been concerned on a brief teaching foundation with the Cobras in the build-up to this COVID-19 affected season, the place he shared his huge data gained over 101 internationals with the younger seam bowlers.

He admits there was loads of promise on show, however the absence of a “banker” was telling.

“I worked with the bowlers for a short while and there really is plenty of potential. But they are young and need to develop and learn their trade still. It was too close to the season for me to come in and change actions and type of thing because that’s not my style. That requires time and patience for consistency to develop.

“Right now this team needs some like Rory Kleinveldt that got through his 10 overs for next to nothing while picking a few wickets. Just someone that can be depended on to deliver a performance week in and week out. And unfortunately that only comes with experience.”

There’s little question the Cobras, notably the bowling unit, are going via a transitional section after Kleinveldt’s retirement , whereas additionally the departure of Philander (Somerset), Dane Paterson (Nottinghamshire), Dane Piedt (USA), Mthiwekhaya Nabe (Warriors), Tladi Bokako (Highveld Lions) and Lizaad Williams (Titans) at the finish of final season has left an enormous void.

The finish of the Kolpak system in England because of Brexit final year opened up the chance of Paterson returning to the Cobras, however the former Proteas seamer picked up an premature harm and couldn’t be included in the squad for the Momentum One-Day Cup. Philander, although, believes Williams’ departure to Centurion was the best loss.

“Lizaad has developed into a quality seam bowler. He’s 27 now and has played plenty of first-class cricket. He was still a youngster from Boland when Rory and I were doing our thing and he did a lot of learning during that period. To lose him now hasn’t been ideal,” Philander mentioned of the former SA u-19 paceman.

The Cobras have the alternative to get their first win of the season after they face the Warriors in an important 1-Day Cup sport in Potchefstroom on Tuesday.



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