South Africa won't be affected by lack of cricket, says coach Russell Domingo

Russell Domingo (above) took over as South Africa’s head coach after Gary Kirsten stepped down © Getty Images

Oct 7, 2013

South Africa coach Russell Domingo says his side will not be affected by lack of match practise as they prepare to take on Pakistan in the first Test match at Sharjah starting October 14.

Domingo told Sport24, “They [South African cricketers] are a mature bunch of cricketers. They have been around for a while and they all have good connections and have played with each other over a period of time.”

“I don’t think it will be a major factor, but it is something that we need to make sure we do,” he said.

South Africa’s tour of the UAE begins with a three-day tour game against Pakistan A on Tuesday.

After a long break from international cricket, South African cricketers had their first training session at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

Talking about his side’s preparations, Domingo said, “We touched base this morning and re-emphasised the important elements that have made this Test side so successful.”

He added, “We want to try and continue with those aspects like preparation, conditioning and execution; things that we have done well over the last period of time.”