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Donald's bowlers struggling

2011-02-17 21:15

Chennai - New Zealand bowling coach Allan Donald says his team's attack has been brought crashing down to earth after an onslaught from India's batsmen in its final warm-up match ahead of the World Cup.

Former South Africa fast man Donald, who joined New Zealand's setup shortly before the tournament, conceded on Thursday that he and his bowlers were facing some tough self-examination after India plundered 136 runs off the last 10 overs in Wednesday's warm-up in a mammoth score of 360-5.

Donald says "at this level I think it was a bit of an eye-opener for a lot of the guys. We must find out where we went wrong."

His struggling bowlers open against Kenya on Sunday in Group A, with Donald adding "we have got to be on the mark."

AP

Comments
  • Pieter - 2011-02-17 22:16

    i remember england sucked balls when he coached their bowlers a while ago..

  • Mark - 2011-02-18 01:06

    Donald will bring the Kiwis down, great bowler but sucks as a bowling coach!!

  • Marius - 2011-02-18 01:58

    No one man can make a team that is already in the gutters perform in just two months. He needs time and support to do the job for NZ

  • lawnservicebobs - 2011-02-18 07:49

    How quickly do people forget the way Donald coached the England bowlers from uselessness to the reason they beat the Aussies in the Ashes.

  • keith.fincham - 2011-02-18 10:04

    Great bowler...average coach.

  • Rowan - 2011-02-18 11:31

    Donald should go coach Austrialia... It would be fun to watch him destroy their bowling line up

  • Grant - 2011-02-18 11:51

    You people are dumb! A coach cant just CREATE talent. How many of the NZ bowlers would make the starting line up for any big team? Coaching will not make Ireland competitive either!

      Mascot - 2011-02-18 16:10

      you're the only one making sense around here!

  • Colin - 2011-02-18 12:06

    Allan Donald has only been coaching the NZ team for a short while, it is quite obvious that their bowlers are not showing any sort of commitment. Their managers should start putting bowlers jobs on the line and bring in up and coming youngsters who show bowling talent then their team will improve. Donald is trying to teach old dogs new tricks which won't work if they are not interested.

  • navarac - 2011-02-18 17:22

    To all those who are being critical; How many people do you know of who were employed based on incorrect criteria? Clue: JZ, JM

  • Thato Goitsemang - 2011-02-19 11:50

    They are not Donald's bowlers, they are New Zealand bowlers, in a team that has been struggling for a while now. Don't put the blame on AD and judge him and his coaching credentials after a good run as bowling coach of NZ. Really now, call him a loser after 2 warm-up games? Get a grip. Arghhh!

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