Measure us by ODI series against India – Russell Domingo

2013-12-03 17:24

Proteas coach Russell Domingo has admitted that the Indian ODI series will be an accurate measurement of where their progress is as an ODI team.

The Proteas face off against India at the Wanderers on Thursday in the first of three ODIs.

The series was originally scheduled to consist of seven ODIs but it was truncated – one of the big reasons being a spat over the appointment of Haroon Lorgat as chief executive of Cricket SA.

The Proteas slipped to a 2-1 series defeat against Pakistan, which was the first they conceded to an Asian team on home soil.

“It is a big gauge for us. We have won five of our last eight ODIs so we are heading in the right direction but we know that India will be a tough assignment,” Domingo said.

“They have had some excellent performances, even though they have been in India but we are really looking forward to it. It will be a big test for us to see where we are going.”

Spin was a big problem for the Proteas home and away against the Proteas but in the games that they won, they looked capable of taming Pakistan’s spin threat.

India’s spin attack, likely to consist of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, is not as potent as Pakistan but decent spin has often got the hosts into a pickle.

Domingo said he hoped that the Pakistan series would have gone a long way in curing their spin woes.

Conditions in Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg will also play a role as the slower coastal tracks aided Pakistan’s slow bowlers.

Domingo also said that taking wickets against rampant Indian batting line-up will be better than trying to contain them.

“Conditions are also important, like in Durban, where it doesn’t turn as much. We’ve been playing on the coastal wickets where spinners have come into play but we are looking forward to getting on to faster wickets with more bounce,” Domingo said.

“The way ODI cricket has gone now with the bats, size of fields and the good wickets, if you don’t get wickets, you will be losing nine out of 10 games. The only way to stop India from winning is by getting 10 wickets. The key factor for us is to knock over their top order.”

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