Proteas

Proteas seek T20 momentum

2014-10-31 09:06
Russell Domingo (Gallo Images)

Sydney - South Africa hope a win against Australia in a Twenty20 series getting under way this week will set them on the path for a successful summer, coach Russell Domingo said on Friday.

The Proteas are in Australia for three T20 matches before a five-match one-day series in mid-November ahead of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in February and March.

Domingo said the Proteas were determined to create a winning habit early on tour.

"It's all about momentum," Domingo told reporters.

"If we can get some good results under our belts in the T20 campaign, we can take a lot of confidence into the one-day series."

Domingo said winning the T20 series was particularly important because the Proteas considered Australia tough opponents to stop once they got on a roll.

"Australia are always a great team, a great team when they're ahead, difficult to catch," he said.

"So whatever momentum we can get from the T20 series to carry into the one-day series I think is going to be very important.

"But also a couple of fringe players in the one-day side haven't had a lot of game time, guys like Kyle Abbott, Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren.

"It's important to get some game time before the one-day series starts."

Skipper JP Duminy said he was excited about captaining the Proteas for the first time after breaking into international prominence in Australia back in 2008.

Back then debutant Duminy led South Africa to an historic Test series win on the back of a maiden century of 166 in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Duminy finished with an average of 61.5 as the Proteas won a series in Australia for the first time and also ended Australia's 16-year unbeaten streak at home.

"I've got some great memories playing over here in Australia," Duminy said.

"It will be hard to match that. It was really a purple patch for me."

Duminy challenged his young T20 squad to force selectors into a rethink ahead of the one-day series and 2015 World Cup.

"There's quite a few new faces around so it's definitely a great opportunity for guys to put up their hands for the World Cup," he said.

"Yes, it's a shorter format, but these sort of performances can definitely give players a chance."

Read more on:    proteas  |  russell domingo  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
6 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Tuesday, 26 December 2017
South Africa v Zimbabwe, Port Elizabeth 10:00
Friday, 05 January 2018
South Africa v India, Cape Town 10:00
Saturday, 13 January 2018
South Africa v India, Centurion 10:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

The Proteas have announced plans to play a four-day Test against Zimbabwe starting on Boxing Day. What do you make of this?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.