Shaun Tait replaces Dale Steyn in an otherwise unchanged Glamorgan squad for the Welsh county’s crucial T20 Blast clash with Sussex Sharks in Cardiff tomorrow (Thursday).
Michael Hogan is included after recovering from a blow to the head against Sussex in the County Championship earlier in the week, while Chris Cooke and Colin Ingram both return to the fold after being rested for the four-day encounter.
Captain Jacques Rudolph is set to lead the side once again – he was also injured in the Sussex match after being struck on the hand – before making 38 in the second innings following a season’s best 87 in the first innings.
Spin duo Andrew Salter and Dean Cosker are also in the squad, as Glamorgan Head Coach Robert Croft sticks with the tried and trusted squad that have performed so effectively in the competition so far.
Glamorgan can take another major step towards quarter-final qualification if they beat the Sharks, with an away trip to Richmond to play Middlesex on Friday.
In-form batsmen Ingram, who has hit a half-century in each of his previous five innings in white-ball cricket – including an unbeaten 73 in the landslide T20 victory over Surrey – said the Welsh county must carry their momentum into another crucial clash.
He said: “We’re in a good spot halfway through the campaign but there’s still a lot of cricket to be played. Hopefully we can use some of the momentum we’ve created and keep putting in some good performances.
“You need to be playing good cricket at the back-end of the campaign if you’re going to qualify.”
Ingram’s form has seen him top the run-scoring charts for the NatWest T20 Blast so far this season and Glamorgan will be hoping the big-hitting South African can carry on where he left off against Surrey a fortnight ago.
He added: “I don’t want to take it (his form) for granted, I want to keep contributing with some good performances for the guys.”
Opponents Sussex sit third in the South Group table with four wins, three defeats and two wash-outs from their nine matches so far. They welcome England star bowlers Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills back to their ranks, alongside Sri Lankan quick Nuwan Kulasekera in a 13-man travelling party.
Glamorgan 13-man squad: Jacques Rudolph (capt.), David Lloyd, Colin Ingram, Aneurin Donald, Chris Cooke, Graham Wagg, Craig Meschede, Shaun Tait, Michael Hogan, Andrew Salter, Dean Cosker, Timm van der Gugten, Mark Wallace.
Sussex squad: Will Beer, Danny Briggs, Craig Cachopa (wkt), Harry Finch, Chris Jordan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Matt Machan, Tymal Mills, Chris Nash, Phil Salt, Ajmal Shahzad, Ross Taylor, Luke Wright (capt.)
The match gets underway at 6.30pm at The SSE SWALEC in Cardiff tomorrow (Thursday) night.
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