• Boucher backs Titans in swift format switch

    Coach Mark Boucher is confident the Titans will successfully navigate a change of format during this week’s key 4-Day Franchise Series fixture against the Warriors at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

    The Titans’ season-opening 4-Day Franchise Series match ended in a draw with the Dolphins, before a trip to the United Arab Emirates for the inaugural Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy resulted in defeat to Pakistan’s Lahore Qalandars in the final.

    ‘We had a good training session recently, where we did a lot of four-day drills and I’m pretty confident ahead of the game,’ said Boucher.

    ‘Cricketers at the moment are very professional because a lot of them play in all three formats, so they know how to interchange pretty well.’

    The Titans are the reigning champions of South Africa’s premier first-class competition, which used to be called the Sunfoil Series prior to the loss of title sponsorship earlier this year, and have a squad laden with Proteas in openers Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar and all-rounder Chris Morris, among others.

    ‘The Warriors are always very competitive no matter what team they bring to the table. They seem to always lift their game. It’s still early season and we’ll give them the respect that’s due,’ added Boucher.

    The Warriors finished second to the Titans last season.

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