Russell Domingo also said that his batsmen are good enough to play against quality spin bowlers © Getty Images
Russell Domingo also said that his batsmen are good enough to play against quality spin bowlers © Getty Images

Johannesburg: Dec 4, 2013

 

Up against the number one side in ODIs, South African coach Russell Domingo on Wednesday said that facing India in the three-match one-day series will be a “tough assignment” for the Proteas.

 

“It’s a big gauge for us. Look, we’ve won five of our last eight one-dayers, so we’re heading in right direction, there is no doubt about it. But we know that India are going to be a tough assignment for us,” Domingo said.

 

“They are coming off outstanding performances, albeit in India and under Indian conditions, but we are really looking forward to it. We need to see where we are going,” the coach was quoted as saying in the South African media.

 

India are on a high having beaten Australia and the West Indies in their last two ODI series.

 

“India are a quality side and a big attraction, and we would have liked to test ourselves against them, but that’s the way it is and there’s nothing we can do about it,” he said.

 

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The South Africans’ weakness against spin was exposed by off-spinner Saeed Ajmal in their last ODI series against Pakistan but Domingo thought otherwise.

 

“I don’t think its spin bowlers, I think it’s one or two spin bowlers. Saeed Ajmal is the number-one ranked (ODI) bowler right now. He’s a world-class spinner, he has been for a period of time, and particularly when you play him under conditions like we had in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth as well. He’s always going to be tough.

 

“A lot of batters have struggled against him and a lot will still struggle against him. I don’t think we’ve got a weakness against spin bowling, just that Saeed Ajmal is a world-class bowler and I’m glad he’s back in Pakistan.”

 

Asked about the tour being shortened at BCCI‘s insistence, Domingo said it was not an issue for them.

 

“We’ve just come off a long series, home and away, against Pakistan. It’s not something we’ve really discussed too much. The players are fully focused on what they’ve been dealt with and we’ve got to focus on the three one-dayers and two Test matches.

 

“It’s not too much of an issue for us. It would have been nice to play a longer series. India are a quality side and a big attraction, and we would have liked to test ourselves against them, but that’s the way it is and there’s nothing we can do about it.”

 

Asked about the pitches, he said, “I don’t think coaches have too much say nowadays in terms of how the wickets get prepared. We know how the wickets get prepared on the highveld. We’re looking forward to getting back on bouncier and quicker pitches. We’re just looking for a good cricket wicket.”

 

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