Proteas in England

Proteas prepared for the worst

2012-07-14 22:05
Russell Domingo (Gallo)
Cape Town - The Proteas’ management is not  concerned about being under-cooked after rain washed out the bulk of the second day in the three-day warm-up match against Kent in Canterbury.

Proteas assistant coach, Russell Domingo says the squad expected the weather to play its part and have prepared for the worst.

“I reckon if we were here for a month we would still struggle to get in a lot of preparation time,” said Domingo. “So we knew it was going to happen so there is nothing we can do about it.”

Alviro Petersen was the only wicket to fall in the few hours of play, LBW to Simon Cook for 21. Petersen spent valuable time in the middle, with Hashim Amla (36*) and Jacques Kallis (23*) stepping up to the Kent bowlers.

Captain Graeme Smith has spent less than 10 overs at the crease, however Domingo believes the captain is in good shape ahead of the first Test at the Oval on Thursday.

“He is looking very good,” Domingo said about Smith, who will be playing in his 100th Test match. “Technically he looks in good shape. I can assure you that he is as fired up as anybody to do well in this series, we’re not really concerned that he hasn’t spent much time in the middle. He’s hitting the ball nicely in his preparations.”

The weather forecast on Sunday is slightly better, and the Proteas will be looking to give the rest of the line-up a knock, with the aim of having a few overs with the ball towards the end of the day.

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