Cape Cobras allrounder Aviwe Mgijima has started the domestic four-day showpiece in fine style by smashing 112 against the defending champions, the Knights, and also striking a half-century against the Warriors.
Yet he is not exhilarated by his performances and wants his conversion rate from half-centuries to centuries to improve.
“Every player in the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ changing room who are eligible to play for South Africa, is inspired to improve the team performances. If we produce the goods as a team, it will bring individuals into the national spotlight even more,” said Mgijima.
He spoke in the build-up to the fourth Sunfoil Series match of the season, against the Warriors at Newlands, on Monday 16thOctober.
In his quest to break into the South Africa A team, the all-rounder knows he must score at least two more centuries while also breaking stubborn partnerships with his nagging accuracy.
The team as a fielding unit can improve significantly in support of the bowling attack, he remarked.
He supported the coaching staff’s view that there were too many soft moments in the first three matches with the ball and with the fielding support in the inner ring.
“We should be bowling more on one side of the strip, build pressure and thereby creating chances to capture a lot more wickets,” Mgijima explained.
The Cape champions have been impressive with the bat, but have not yet hit their straps with the ball.
The squad has just taken 15 wickets in the first innings in three four-day matches thus far while leaking 1567 runs.
A factor has been the lack of consistency, said Mgijima. The fielding has also been below the usual high standards of the Cobras.
The Cape Cobras will be back at home and are intimately acquainted with the pace and bounce of the wicket as well as the fact that you cannot hit on the up as easily on coastal grounds as you can at the Wanderers Stadium and SuperSport Park.
Evan Flint, the PPC Newlands’ curator, said the ball might nip a bit on the first morning of the match against the Warriors.
The bounce might be slightly slower in the match against the Warriors and turn a bit at the end of the contest.
“The wicket might become quicker after the first day. The elements might also play a role (inclement weather is expected),” said Flint.
The squad for the match against the Warriors will be announced on Sunday.