Proteas

Domingo: Best 4 days of Test cricket I've seen

2016-11-08 13:02
Russell Domingo (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Coach Russell Domingo has hailed the Proteas for their amazing performance in the first Test against Australia in Perth.

A miraculous fightback saw South Africa claim a 177-run victory, which was highlighted by a five-for from Kagiso Rabada in the second innings.

The Proteas fast bowler finished with match figures of 7/170 to be named man-of-the-match.

Things looked bleak for Faf du Plesssis' men after the first day's action, which saw them bowled out for 242 and the hosts ending the day on 105/0.

But South Africa responded by bowling the Australians out for 244 on Day 2, before posting 540/8 in their second innings, largely thanks to a third-wicket partnership of 250 runs by JP Duminy and Dean Elgar.

The hosts were then dismissed for 361 in their second innings to go 1-0 down in the three-Test series.

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Domingo praised his team for stepping up and pulling off the victory despite AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn's injuries.

"In terms of my three years in the side, we’ve won in Sri Lanka under tough conditions, we’ve won in Dubai, but this is - in my opinion - the four best Test days of cricket after day one that I have ever been part of," said Domingo.

"To have only two bowlers, a debutant spinner and a middle order with a lot of questions asked of JP Duminy by the media and the public... although we never doubted (his form).

"As far as I’m concerned, this is the best four days of Test cricket that I’ve seen as a coach of this side.

"I can’t comment on the previous Test wins, I’ve probably watched as a spectator, but in my tenure the best Test performance I’ve seen," added Domingo.

The second Test in Hobart starts on Saturday, November 12 at 01:30 (SA time), with the Adelaide Test to start on Thursday, November 24 at 05:30 (SA time).

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