South Africa A coach Russell Domingo not overly critical of poor India tour
Russell Domingo was quick to defend the team’s poor showing in India. @Getty

Despite one positive result from six matches in India, South Africa A coach Russell Domingo does not feel it is time to press the panic button.

South Africa A lost the first four-day match with India by an innings, then drew the second. During the quadrangular series that followed, the team won one of four matches and failed to reach the final.

Domingo, however, was quick to defend the team’s poor showing in India.

“The guys didn’t play as badly as the results make it look like,” he said. “In the first Test we fought back and nearly hung on for a draw; we lost with seven balls to spare. In the second Test, we were in quite a good position but there was a lot of rain around.”

Domingo – who also coached South Africa from 2013 to 2017 – put the poor results down to a lack of game time. While India A have played 28 matches this year, South Africa A got 10.

“India A have played 10 four-day games in the last four months and our guys are coming off a winter break and straight into cricket against guys who have just toured England and played against the West Indies‚” he said. “Those are the challenges you face with the A side‚ where guys aren’t playing enough cricket together as a group. The more games these guys are exposed to, the better‚ and at the moment there’s not enough. The next A tour is scheduled for July 2019‚ I think. There’s obviously a concern because the A side’s performance over the last two years hasn’t been fantastic.”

Since July 2016, South Africa A have won nine of 31 matches.