Amla set to star for Cobras

10 November 2017 06:55:47 EST

Ashwell Prince expects the permanent presence of South Africa's leading players will propel the RAM SLAM T20 to new heights this year.

Cape Cobras coach Prince, speaking before Saturday's opener against Hollywoodbets Dolphins at Centurion, believes the likes of AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Kagiso Rabada and Quinton de Kock being made available will inevitably raise standards.

Along with Amla, current internationals like Temba Bavuma, Dane Paterson, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander and Wayne Parnell are likely to feature for the Cobras.

"It's going to be exciting with all the international players being available to play, it will make the teams and the competition stronger," he said

"And just like the four-day Sunfoil Series, I don't think there'll be any easy games."

The fixture is the first of a double header at SuperSport Park, with the Multiply Titans, hosts and defending champions, playing the bizhub Highveld Lions in a derby later in the day.

Dolphins coach Grant Morgan has current Proteas Imran Tahir, Andile Phehlukwayo and Keshav Maharaj in his team.

"Last year we did okay. We could have made the play-offs going into the last week even though we had a slightly messy campaign," Morgan said.

"We're always competitive and you'll find that even games we lose, we always have good performances that come out from it. We'd like to think that our T20 campaign was the most disappointing of all last year, although we do line up nicely as a Twenty20 side."

The Cobras are 2/5 to beat the Dolphins on Sunday while Amla is 11/4 to be his side's top batsman in the match.

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