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Cobras rotates Proteas players

Graeme Smith will nurse his ankle and rest for the upcoming Test series against Australia.

Graeme Smith will nurse his ankle and rest for the upcoming Test series against Australia. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Cape Cobras have confirmed that Proteas Test captain, Graeme Smith will not be part of the team to play in the domestic T20 campaign.

The Cobras will also be without the services of JP Duminy when they take on the second-placed Sunfoil Dolphins at Boland Park on Friday.

Cobras coach Paul Adams says Smith will be given time to nurse his ankle and will instead prepare himself for the upcoming Test series against Australia.

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

The team says Hashim Amla will also play his final match before he takes a break, while Duminy will return in time for the Cobras' final two games next weekend.

Adams added that they will also have a look at Vernon Philander and see if he's fit enough to play.

"He woke up with a back spasm on Wednesday so we'll see if he's alright to go on Friday."

Justin Kemp will play his first game since taking a break for the birth of his child.

The Cobras still enjoy a 10-point lead at the top of the table despite numerous team changes in the tournament.

The Dolphins go into the fixture in excellent form, having scored a mammoth 214/2in a handsome victory over the Highveld Lions on Wednesday night.