Cricket World Cup 2015

Domingo wary of Pakistan

2015-03-06 09:01
Russell Domingo (Gallo)

Auckland - Proteas coach Russell Domingo says overcoming Pakistan’s 'predictable unpredictability' will be the challenge in their Cricket World Cup Group B match at Eden Park on Saturday. 

Both teams have played four matches in the tournament thus far, and a win for either side will be invaluable as the race towards the quarter-finals heats up. 

"Their unpredictability is not a challenge because they are predictably unpredictable," Domingo said of Pakistan in Auckland on Thursday.

"We know that they can beat anybody on their day so that is great for us.

"We need to prepare really well and to make sure we respect the opposition.

"We need to go through our processes over the next couple of days because their strength lies in the predictability of their unpredictability."

Domingo says the only way to curb Pakistan is by sticking to the team’s tried and tested strategy of sticking to their processes and focusing on their strengths.

"It’s really about playing a solid game of cricket," he explained.

"It’s about focusing on your strategies and game plans, not getting lulled into what the opposition is doing or what they can bring to the match.

"It’s important to focus hard on the strengths of your team - that is something that we will need to do well against Pakistan." 

The coach says he is not concerned by Quinton de Kock’s slow start with the bat, and feels finding form will be a good test of character for the young "match-winner".

"His ankle is fine," he said of the 22-year-old.

"I think all batters go through periods where they are looking for runs.

"It was four games ago in a warm-up match where he got 60 runs against Sri Lanka.

"In competitions like this there is always going to be a batter that is looking for some form and because Quinton has had such an outstanding year, the expectation is that every time he bats he is going to get runs, cricket doesn’t work like that."

The Proteas have had comfortable wins against the West Indies and Ireland in their last two matches, but still feel the pressure and importance of every match to come.

"Pakistan is a big game, we will be tested on Saturday," he said.

"They have come off two good wins, they have some match-winners in their side and they beat us in South Africa just over a year ago. We see every game as a big test for us."

Proteas’ Cricket World Cup itinerary

March 7 - Pakistan v South Africa, Eden Park, Auckland (03:00 SA time)

March 12 - South Africa v United Arab Emirates, Westpac Stadium, Wellington (03:00 SA time)

Read more on:    pakistan  |  proteas  |  cwc 2015  |  russell domingo  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Match Result

Australia won their fifth Cricket World Cup over the weekend. Does it leave a bitter taste in your mouth that the Proteas didn't get to play them?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.