Still searching for their first win of the season after losing to the Dolphins by 15 runs in their T20 Challenge opener on Sunday, coach Ashwell Prince will be happy to have Parnell back in his squad after their bowlers failed to make an impact.
Parnell shrugged off a groin injury - suffered while on international duty - and will be ready for action when they face the Lions at the Wanderers this Friday.
Of his team going down to the Dolphins, Prince tells the Daily Voice: “First of all you have to give credit to the Dolphins batsmen.
“Sarel [Erwee] got his first 100 in the format and Khaya Zondo also batted well, so too did Dane Vilas but I felt our bowlers didn’t offer much in terms of variation.
“It was a tough track to bowl on but their variations between yorkers and the slower balls could have been better on the day.
“It was a tough first day for the bowlers but I am sure that as the competition goes on, things will get better.”
Parnell could have played in the match against the Dolphins, but the Cobras didn’t want to run the risk of him suffering further damage to the injury.
Team doctor Shane Jabaar explains: “Wayne bowled at 80 percent intensity at three-quarters of his run-up last week and the idea is that he will be able to operate at 100 percent starting with training [today].”
Now with Parney back, Prince will have to decide the best way to bring him into the span and that could lead to Rory Kleinveldt getting some time on the bench.
With Vernon Philander and Dane Paterson available as new-ball options it would make sense to drop Kleinveldt for Parnell as the allrounder offers more variation and he can also add power to the batting line-up.
Prince, though, did say that team selection will go more down to form than reputation so that does put Paterson at risk after the bra from Northpine sukkeled at Centurion on Sunday.