Cape Town - Proteas coach
Russell Domingo says his squad will have to “find a way” to turn their
performance around in the series-deciding third One-Day International
(ODI) against New Zealand at Kingsmead on Wednesday.
If the Proteas
lose the series, it will be their first consecutive series loss in five years,
but if they win, it will be a big tick for the temperament and character of a
squad in transition.
“Every series is important,”
he said to the media in Durban on Tuesday.
“We are fully aware of the
importance of winning this series, considering our performance in Bangladesh,
tomorrow is a big game for us.”
Domingo defended the Proteas’
decision to cancel practice on Tuesday morning, a change-up to the schedule
that has worked well for the squad in the past.
“We’ve done it before,” he
“We did it for a few big World Cup games in Australia but we also have a
few niggles at the moment that needed some rest. I don’t think one practice
session now is going to make too much difference. We have trained really well
in this series, the intensity has been good, we just feel it might be a good
time to connect as a team to spend time doing other things than cricket.”
The Proteas’ disappointing
application with the bat was the major downfall in Sunday’s match, and a better
assessment of conditions at Kingsmead will be necessary if the order is to
improve on their performances. Domingo admitted that it has been difficult to
“get things going” due to the stop-start nature of the international calendar.
“We haven’t got that
continuity yet, we haven’t found that recipe yet,” Domingo said.
have just come off a good tour of England and Zimbabwe where they have
been playing together as a unit, we haven’t had that yet. Since the World Cup
we have played five ODI’s in trying conditions and we need to be able to adjust
better to conditions than we have at the moment.”
The Black Caps may have
entered the series as underdogs without some of their key players, but showed
great depth from their bench in Potchefstroom.
“They are a quality side, they have good depth,”
he said of New Zealand.
“They have a guy like Matt Henry who is not playing but
can bowl at 150km/h. We are not surprised by their performances, we know they
have good systems in place in New Zealand, their domestic cricket seems to be
producing good players. They still have some match-winners in their side and
they still have a nucleus of good players with guys like Martin Guptill, Kane
Williamson and Grant Elliott.”