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Domingo backs SA's chances

2014-03-15 15:21

Johannesburg - Proteas coach Russell Domingo believes his team is "one of seven or eight" that can win the ICC World T20, despite suffering a hiding at the hands of Australia in Centurion on Friday night to lose their T20 series 2-0.

As it happened: SA v Oz - 3rd T20

The Proteas leave for Bangladesh on Saturday and play two warm-up games against Bangladesh A and Pakistan before opening their World T20 campaign against Asia Cup champions Sri Lanka on March 22.

"There are seven or eight teams that can win the T20 World Cup and we're one of them," Domingo told a press conference in Centurion after the loss to Australia by six wickets with five overs to spare.

"It's not a bad way to go into the tournament because the pressure won't be there of being one of a couple of obvious favourites.

"We need a couple of players to do well, to have outstanding tournaments, and for the team to do well in the big moments and then we'll be right in contention."

Domingo brushed off concerns that South Africa's performances against Australia were indicative of a loss of confidence in the team.

"We've played good T20 cricket in the last year-and-a bit so there's no need to make drastic changes.

"T20 cricket does have a lot to do with confidence, but we've been to world cups before extremely confident .''

The coach said the return of injured fast bowlers Dale Steyn (hamstring) and Morne Morkel (shoulder) would make a huge difference to the side.

Both pacemen are expected to be fit for South Africa's warm-up games in Bangladesh.

"This series has provided some answers for us. It has shown the impact of not having Dale and Morne.

"You can't buy that quality and experience and it has highlighted how important they are."

The coach said they would "not be losing any sleep" over the decline in the fielding standards of the team because "we have always been a quality fielding unit".

SAPA

Comments
  • VanZyl-en Julie Kruger - 2014-03-15 15:24

    Shame what else can he say.

      Clinton Tupper - 2014-03-15 15:34

      H e seems to be very laid back for a coach of a team that got a thrashing in their own back yard. "not be losing any sleep"!

      JamesBlacksmith - 2014-03-15 16:10

      Sounds like Smith. Someone needs to take on that role I guess.

      Rob Martin - 2014-03-15 17:30

      Must be smoking something that befuddles the brain

      Manny Obi-Wan Meyer - 2014-03-15 17:32

      lol @ sean. like you stupid dutchmen ever did anything to dominate the aussies. That number 1 ranking has always been a bit flattering. In cricket, you have to beat the aussies with consistency to be considered the greatest. In rugby, you have to beat the all blacks.

      Manny Obi-Wan Meyer - 2014-03-15 18:16

      lol are you one of those dutchmen with a penchant for the colour beige?

      UNITY - 2014-03-15 19:10

      Saying 7 or 8 can win it, is like saying SA has no chance! As coach u got no confidence in yor own team. Michael clarke doesn't play T20, he has brains, not greedy player.he backed Oz to win it. Now at least that is confidence! Imagine Oz rested Warner and Johnson! Lol.. We definitely wagging tails here, as usual there is no Preparation in the Proteas squads.. Its another visible crack, we just select from domestic, and dump them into the squads. We should be looking at chucker Botha an experienced Big bash campaigner with Tahir.we used to have at least three good T20 spinners for the sub continent!

  • VanZyl-en Julie Kruger - 2014-03-15 15:25

    shame what else can he say

  • Zoheb Hassan - 2014-03-15 15:31

    7 or 8 teams? That's the whole pool excluding the 2 qualifiers.. Wat you smoking domingo?

  • Charless Schmidt - 2014-03-15 15:36

    He is s F&$ ng fool

  • charl.leroux.73 - 2014-03-15 15:37

    Ja right! Let's ask Mbalula what he think of them after the tournament.

  • Allan Brits - 2014-03-15 15:53

    Dream on domingo now you can feel the heat of an unsuccessful coach

  • Grant Lindsay - 2014-03-15 16:52

    No s...t Sherlock - this buffoon is SA coach . Def not a rocket scientist : Quote - Proteas coach Russell Domingo believes his team is "one of seven or eight" that can win the ICC World T20

  • Gerhard van Wyk - 2014-03-15 16:53

    Domingo obviously studied at the Zuma School of Delusion.

  • Lerato H Nyelele Mjoli - 2014-03-15 17:04

    this guy needs a reality check or must just be replaced we are not looking for ms dhoni as a coach and he is definetly in that mauld.....a plus we can take is this we see why we choke!!!!!! its just a matter of a wrong batting selection that adds immanse pressure to the batters coming down the order.....rather than putting our best batsmen 1st and let the less tallented to finish up as conditions gets harder as the game progreses most of the times......what tsotsobe is doing in t20 amazes me...

  • harold.marsberg - 2014-03-15 17:42

    Domingo's inexperience is harshly exposed. He does not have a cooking clue

  • David Simon Lewisohn - 2014-03-15 18:06

    SA unfortunately has no chance in Asia. The Asian teams are FAR ahead. Our affirmative no name no experience coach doesnt even seem bothered by the thrashing SA just got. Moron. Bring in Jennings immediately.

  • Bradley Brits - 2014-03-15 18:11

    Oh my gosh domino is so useless.. can we get Gary kirsten back please?

  • Connie Ibbetson-kennedy - 2014-03-15 18:27

    Domingo open your bloody ears and eyes you total MORON I said Thursday don't let Amla open with Quinton and leave the old ways But NO you think you are a coach" in your dreams" you embarrassed and humiliated us yesterday and my only suggestion to you now is send the under 19 Team to the World Cup before you make total TITS of us

  • Terry Oosthuizen - 2014-03-15 18:37

    Why Domingo, u leaving.

      Pam Stevens - 2014-03-15 19:03

      Only a Dombo can believe that. Break smith'ss cliche and bring in Jennings

  • Darren Peach804 - 2014-03-15 21:39

    I am sorry Mr Domingo, I do not agree with that. We have not been good at the short format for a long time.......Either that or I have not noticed.

  • Darian Gray - 2014-03-15 21:50

    Domingo is clueless. Seems like losing does not bother him. Even the drop in fielding standards does not bother him. Hope they fire him soon.

  • Andre Kritzinger - 2014-03-15 22:36

    Wat kommerwekkend is, is hoe vinnig ons agteruitgaan.

  • Kurt Seafield - 2014-03-16 01:42

    Agreed, the team is doing bad right now but why is it, everytime a peason of colour is in any position in SA, he/she is referred to as a quota player or coach. Im so sick of some of you narrow minded dutchman. It actually sickens me to the core, can't he just be a bad player/coach like so many whites before him. If you cant live in a multi-racial society then WTF are doing in SA. Go back to where your forefathers came from.

      Mario Kleynhans - 2014-03-16 07:38

      Just calling people "Dutchman" is inherently racist.

  • hornynick - 2014-03-16 07:35

    Get rid of this quota coach, and give the job to Ray Jennings.

  • Mario Kleynhans - 2014-03-16 07:35

    He is a political choice. Kirsten, Kallis & Smith all retired/resigned suddenly? This is not a happy bunch

  • Kurt Seafield - 2014-03-16 08:17

    Yes RAA, you just made my point exactly. Every single time is these forums, when I read the comments of a loosing team every single afrikaaner is on about the so called quota players. Its bloody sickening, this is the very reason so many of us cant support the bokke or the proteas. BTW if you look at the majority of the team its mostly whites in the sides anyway, especially the bokke. With a white coach last year, they couldnt even win one all black game. So whats the excuse for that one. @ mario, what are you if not a dutchman, is that not where you forefathers came from (the netherlands)?

      OKennedy Rademeyer - 2014-03-16 08:57

      Kurt Seafield, not all white people are Dutchman and not all white people are racists. That is the sad thing about this country. We sit behind our PC`s and attack one another without even knowing the person. That is why I very seldom read these comments because it becomes downright depressing. It is a good reflection of the sickness in this country. It does not take long before someone starts referring to race and then all objectivity flies out the window. Then the relevant sport is on the sideline. Sad but so true. I am Afrikaans but my forefathers were Irish and German.

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-03-16 10:27

      Kurt: 1.Afrikaner not afrikaaner. 2. We are not Dutchman as we weren't born in the Netherlands. And by the way the Afrikaner has more German stock than anything else. 3. Afrikaners also has other forefathers from all over the world and local. 4. We don't mind being called Dutchman, we don't have a chip on our shoulders. We are proud of our heritage, and all our achievements. The "go back to Holland is really old and stale".

      Manny Obi-Wan Meyer - 2014-03-16 18:28

      lol @ Gluteus. Predominantly German you say? Then why did your German culture not prevail? Why is Afrikaans not a derivative of German, rather than Dutch. Jy praat deur jou hol dutchman.

  • Kurt Seafield - 2014-03-16 10:11

    OKennedy, I apologize for throwing everyone in one basket and I wholeheartedly agree with your statement. I left SA about three years ago and this is one of the only ways I keep up to date with whats going on there. Unfortunately its mostly afrikaaners and blacks that really are very blinded by their hatred of each other and its just so sickening. It just amazes me how every single subject turns into the craziest racial attacks on each other. I think ill follow your lead and try to stay away from all this negativity, at least the only thing everyone seems to agree on is getting rid on jz.

      Manny Obi-Wan Meyer - 2014-03-16 18:07

      lol kurt Don't worry about the crazy dutchmen, Let them enjoy their beige coloured things and papsak, Howz uncle pie

  • Kevin Immelman - 2014-03-16 15:05

    T20 is always a lotto, so Mr Domingo you are right! But, if you as coach, get your selections right (1 Dolphins (winners of our domestic series) player in the squad), get your batting order right (impact players need to come in within first 10 overs) and have a bowling plan when the team goes into the field, yes, we could win!

  • Kurt Seafield - 2014-03-16 22:17

    Haha Manny He's good bra, im just getting tired of some this verkramde boere.

      Manny Obi-Wan Meyer - 2014-03-16 22:25

      What side of the world are you?

  • Kurt Seafield - 2014-03-17 00:33

    In Australia bru.

  • Hari Prasad - 2014-03-17 10:12

    Firstly, get rid of this utter useless bulldog and rope in someone who has cricket brain..

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