Proteas look to freshen up

2016-10-08 21:40
Russel Domingo (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Proteas coach, Russell Domingo, has hinted at the possibility of a few changes for the fourth One-Day International (ODI) against Australia at St George’s Park on Sunday.

David Miller will miss the remainder of the series due to a groin injury and the selectors could look to freshen up the bowling attack as a form of player workload management ahead of a busy season.

“I’m assuming that we will make one or two forced changes,” Domingo said in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. “David Miller is out for a couple of weeks so there will definitely be one change there and we need to consider the two fast bowlers, Dale (Steyn) and KG (Rabada), who have played all three games.

“KG in particular has played a lot of cricket over the last year, I don’t think he has missed an international game for South Africa, so it might be an opportunity to give him a  break because there is still a lot of cricket coming in the next couple of months.”  

Domingo is ‘proud’ of his team’s fightback this series following the disappointing tour of the Caribbean, particularly the performances from the younger players who have stepped up in the absence of some key senior figures.

“It’s a good feeling,” Domingo said of the 3-0 lead. “We have come off the backend of a poor tour of the West Indies and we needed to show that we can still play this form of the game. We have played really well this series and everyone is proud of what they have achieved thus far but we know there are still two important games for us.”

The Proteas are determined to continue with their winning streak in the fourth ODI at St George’s Park on Sunday, but will have to overcome adverse weather conditions and a poor win record (they have lost the last three ODI’s) to maintain their clean slate.   

“Tomorrow’s forecast is a strong westerly wind,” Domingo said. “It generally lends to the wicket being slower and makes boundary hitting towards the sea a lot easier. The wind plays a part at St George’s Park, you have to play the pitch, the opposition and the wind at times, it’s another aspect to the venue.”

The match starts at 10h00 local time. 

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