Pakistan in SA

Donald: SA depth a bit thin

2013-02-12 22:47
Allan Donald (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Proteas bowling coach Allan Donald has admitted that the fast bowling depth in South African cricket is a bit on the thin side.

Despite the national side currently boasting arguably the best fast-bowling attack in world cricket, Donald - himself a legendary international bowler - told the Beeld website he would like to see more promising bowlers coming through at domestic level.

He did, however, single out the Lions' Chris Morris and the Cape Cobras' Beuran Hendricks as potential future stars.

"The young Chris Morris is very exciting and we've just had a bowling session with Beuran. He really surprised me," Donald said of the 23-year-old left-arm seamer, who took 35 wickets in seven games for the victorious Cobras in the Sunfoil Series.

"He is a big, strong man and I think we have a real gem in our midst. It's very exciting.

"But overall, our depth (for fast bowlers in the country) is still a bit on the thin side for me," said Donald.

Donald feels pitches should be more favourable for batsmen in order to make bowlers more battle-hardened for top-level cricket.

"Any guy can bowl on a wicket where you just have to place the ball in the right area with the pitch doing the rest.

"A lot of thinking has to go into dismissing batsmen at first class and Test level and that is what we want our young bowlers to learn.

"I want to see our young bowlers being taught how to devise strategies and plans on how to dismiss batsmen on flat tracks," said Donald.

The second Test between South Africa and Pakistan starts at Newlands on Thursday.

The Proteas currently lead the three-match series 1-0.

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