Domingo defends SA loss

2014-03-13 11:17

Durban - Proteas coach Russell Domingo defended his team's five-wicket loss to Australia in a rain-reduced Twenty20 international in Durban on Wednesday.

South Africa lost the seven-over contest with two balls to spare with 15 runs to preserve heading in the final over sent down by Wayne Parnell.

"You have to remember that Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel aren't here," Domingo said after the match.

"So it was a great opportunity for guys like Beuran Hendricks, in his first taste of international cricket, to feel what the pressure's about.

"Parnell's done it for us before and been successful, but it wasn't to be tonight. It's all part of the process."

The match could have gone either way by that point after some tight overs from Kyle Abbott, JP Duminy and Parnell's first six balls slightly blunted the Australian middle order following a blistering start by David Warner in pursuit of 81.

The opener clubbed 40 from just 16 deliveries, including 21 off the first over bowled by Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Brad Hodge (21 off eight) finished things off with two sixes in the last over.

Earlier Quinton de Kock (41 off 20) and Faf du Plessis (27 off 13) shared an unbroken 74-run stand to give the South Africans a competitive total after losing the toss and being asked to bat first.

Domingo refused to blame Tsotsobe's first over for the defeat, which put them 1-0 down in the series ahead of the final game at Centurion on Friday.

"That's what David Warner can do to you. It's just one of those things in a game of that nature.

"I think we had 11 after three overs and ended up getting 80, that means in the next four we got 69 or so and that's going to happen in these short formats.

"It was a disappointing start and would have been nice if we gave away just eight. That would have put them under pressure, but it wasn't meant to be."

The match was in doubt in the build-up due to heavy rain through Wednesday afternoon in the east coast city, but eventually got underway two-and-a-half hours later than the 6pm scheduled start.

The first match in Port Elizabeth was also washed out.

Even though they lost, Domingo was not too disheartened.

"There's always a lesson no matter how many overs you play.

"We've had a few in the last two years where we've had seven or eight overs reduced. Australia won the game and deserved to do so, but I wasn't too disappointed about the way we played."


  • yusuf.moosa - 2014-03-13 11:26

    Tsotsobe bowled pies. Hendricks at the death was pathetic, 6 runs and he hadn't started his over, that was the game changer. Abbot had warner in his flourish hopping. School boy tactics or match fixing?

      Clinton Tupper - 2014-03-13 13:02

      Tsotsobe should not be allowed on a cricket field !

      Keiran Reilly - 2014-03-13 15:06

      TT- Parnell has had his fair share of success at the death as well. Anyone bowling there is going to have issues now and then. Parnell, for better or worse, has probably had more success then just about anyone else in SA. Rusty Theron has his moments but he also has his blowouts. I

      Marietjie Becker Van Zyl - 2014-03-14 11:51

      Have to agree with Pat Riot, you hit the nail on the head.

  • Allan Maurice Levitt - 2014-03-13 11:27

    The first T20 match was much better.

  • Ted Bug - 2014-03-13 11:31

    This is not cricket.. This is engineered 'entertainment'. Means nothing.

      Clifford Adams - 2014-03-13 20:23

      It was a great excercise. They should play more 6 /7 over games to get used to firing from the first over and limit dot balls to the bare minimum. CSA should arrange a national centralised tournament so that players can get it into their heads that they must be effected during power play (the first six overs). That will help the ODI to get on with their game as well.

      Marietjie Becker Van Zyl - 2014-03-14 11:50

      Have to agree with Ted, makes a person think .... what went on behind the scenes???

  • Des Pearce - 2014-03-13 11:51

    When has Parnell ever done it for us before? Never let Parnell bowl at the death if we have less than 36 runs needed from the last over. Besides why is he even in the team? There is a lot more talent available.

      Keiran Reilly - 2014-03-13 15:10

      Who has a better record of success at the death in domestic or international limited over cricket for SA? Just curios?

  • Bardof Blairgowrie - 2014-03-13 11:55

    T20 is cricket porn.

      Clifford Adams - 2014-03-13 20:31

      Then the newspapers you buy are also porn. It too is divided into sections. Main news (e,g. equal to test cricket appear on Page 1, then sport on the back page, followed by alot of bull elsewhere, which many 'don't bother to look at never mind read. And they are prepared to pay for it. It is not worth it. I don't buy it. I get my news on the internet and the TV. I like cricket, therefore I love my test cricket and the other formats even beach cricket. Last night was a great exercise, which should be encouraged to help teams to use power play effectively, instead of overdoing dotballing during the innings. The first six overs are crucial.

  • Graham Bam - 2014-03-13 12:01

    What Domingo forgets is that this is a TEST, an international match between two countries and not a trial match for the World Cup. You select your best and you play your best to win. We need to be more creative in our approach especially in a curtailed match.

      Ted Bug - 2014-03-13 12:27

      It is most certainly NOT a test. It is an International, but the two are very different.

      Evert Grobbelaar - 2014-03-13 14:05

      I agree a TEST should be played to win and SA is not creative enough to adapt to play of the day.The other day Pakistans Capt said Afridi must always get 40 to 50 balls in a 20 20 game. Maybe Miller and Morkel must also be given that opportunity at least 5 overs!

  • hansie.jordaan - 2014-03-13 12:16

    What is the logic to bowl a bowler that gave away18 runs in his one over and not use the bowler that got a wicket in his one over for only 5runs. Although it was a rain reduced match you still play to win. Use a full match to expose young players to adapt to so called pressure

  • Kusturi Bissondut - 2014-03-13 12:17

    Russel Domingo you play to win! This was not a preparation match for world cup! I can't remember Parnell doing it for us...he always gets hit out the park. Kyle Abbot should have bowled the last over and why isnt he in the world cup squad? You play your best players in any game not to just play them to make up quotas! SA is the only country that will give up the trophy just to satisfy quota system. How sad! Everytime our team play we want to see them win..we support them 100%..right now with this attiude I cant see us going too far in next months game. Gary Kirsten we need you back..urgently

      Madimetja Dmax Mashao - 2014-03-13 12:47

      I think as fans we getting pathetic, when Gary didn't win any shorter format tournament with us, all sorts of things were blamed, from the ANC to the sports minister and don't tell me about TEST cricket cause we were already number 1 when he took over,can't we just accept when we not good enough sometimes. 'quotas' like Gibbs, Duminy and Ntini were there when we became the number one test ranked team, Now that the team doesn't perform the way we expect,the easy thing to do is blame the quota coach and players, pathetic really

  • BrandonFaber - 2014-03-13 12:42

    Russell maybe too nice.. Sometimes in sport you have to be a pitbull.. I don't see that quality in him.

      peterroy.logan - 2014-03-13 13:21

      Lapdog perhaps

      Keiran Reilly - 2014-03-13 15:12

      Mickey Arthur the second. Cant we fob him off to the Aussies as well - although I dont see them making that mistake twice.

  • Drake Richardson - 2014-03-13 12:44

    Between Andrew Hudson - who STILL looks like he's on the verge of crapping himself - and quota Domingo - who must be high on tik - how can SA possibly go wrong? ???

      Brent - 2014-03-13 13:52

      every now and then i come across a guy like you that makes me like julius malema a little bit more.

      Lynne Nieuwoudt - 2014-03-13 16:56

      Couldn't have said it any better. Well said Drake

  • Johan Luckhoff - 2014-03-13 12:45

    can every one just stop moaning about Amla opening the batting!! Lets say Miller did open or Albie for that matter and they got out for the same amount of runs as Amla??? then everyone will be going on about why they send in them to face the opening bowlers.....yes we lost but hats off to De Kock for smashing 41 from 20 balls. would have been nice to see what he would have done in a one day game against Aus!!

      Connie Ibbetson-kennedy - 2014-03-13 14:02

      Amla is not having a good time and I am still in shock that David Miller didn't go in first with Quinton to bat We were going to lose anyway when they got Tsotsobe to bowl 1st over why did not Duminy and Abbot finish the last 2 overs WAKE UP the World Cup is just around the corner and we have to change our ways and leave the old ones out Quinton and Du Plessis did us proud last night but that bunch Domingo etc let us down BADLY

      Johan Luckhoff - 2014-03-13 15:51

      I had a look at the strike rates in T20 internationally of amal, miller, albie and even Faf they are all more or less at about 120 -130 so there is no reason not to play amla. it was the bowling that let us down not the batting.

      Johan Luckhoff - 2014-03-14 15:21

      Maestro Xana : Did u watch the game? Please check the bowling figures and if i am not mistaken lobsie went for something like 21 runs in his first over and parnell 16 in the last over? lets go with your argument of batting miller or albie first up and they went for the same amount of runs what would u have said then??? The loss cant be blamed on amla alone that's ridiculous !!!

  • Martin Sharkie Buissinne - 2014-03-13 12:45

    I agree with everyones comment on slow batting and the poor decision to even play a 7 over game - Amla is a test player and can stick around for the 50 over game - T20 is a new ball game where you need baseball hitters and risk takers - Miller ? Stroke makers should not change there style to suit the meanless style of HIT or MISS cricket ....much like hand cricket at school T20 is not a game of skill. Granted the bowling was bad - but in seven over nobody settles ....except Amla.

  • Johan Botes - 2014-03-13 12:47

    Domingo, the bottom line is, the idiot(s) who took the decision to open with Amla in a 7 over hit and search game is just that idiot(s)!! There we lost the game and nowhere else!

      Brent - 2014-03-13 13:53

      maybe muller or dominee would have been a better opener

  • Jayden - 2014-03-13 13:12

    The captains fault period

  • Bretton Eveleigh - 2014-03-13 13:14

    Can't read anything into a 7 over game... simple.

  • Michael Morris - 2014-03-13 13:22

    You play to win. The inexperienced will get their taste of pressure one day. No need to go and look for it. Warner already put the Proteas under pressure. We came back beautifully and then Faf put his team under unnecessary pressure. In doing so, the Proteas were instrumental in their own downfall. Once again.

  • Evert Grobbelaar - 2014-03-13 13:58

    Pathetic as usual I am one person who are not watching any SA cricket in 20 20 or ODI format since when pressure is on BMT is gone Capt should ve let BMT players bowled maybe the u20 s will win in future

  • Philip Schalkwyk - 2014-03-13 14:15

    Kallis and Graham gone and Clown Domingo the coach puts an end to my viewing the Proteas for a long time.

  • harold.marsberg - 2014-03-13 16:17

    Old Domingo has no international pedigree and it shows......the guys must learn in the franchise ranks, you moegoe! He sounds just like Iggesund......get a hiding and see positives. The T20 World Cup starts next week......we gonna get our arses kicked if we can't get off that long learning curve very smartly!

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2014-03-13 17:13

    Ja quota coach..cause miller should have opened. And u say nothing abt useless tsotsobe 21 runs over! Can't wait to hear the excuses when we can't even make the semi's in the T20 tournament coming up!

      Madimetja Dmax Mashao - 2014-03-13 17:51

      you would've said the same thing about the coach had Miller opened and failed

  • Marietjie Becker Van Zyl - 2014-03-14 11:54

    The moral of the story is, the Aussies came onto the field with a mentality that they are going to win this game, and did so. We is our winning mentality?

  • Bob Izzett - 2014-03-14 17:15


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  • warren.pollard.92 - 2014-03-14 23:30

    Second rate side will always disappoint

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