No Tendulkar makes life easier for Proteas – Russell Domingo

2013-12-09 17:14

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Proteas coach Russell Domingo says it will be easier to plan for India without worrying about the recently retired Sachin Tendulkar.

The star batsman was a constant thorn in the Proteas flesh and he did well in their previous tour in the 2010/11 season.

“He was a big player for them and was a calming influence in the dressing room. It will be great not having to get Sachin Tendulkar out,” Domingo said.

India will be subjected to a trial by pace in next week’s test series, according to Domingo.

Express pace and swing are one of the reasons India have lost all eight of their tests abroad and Domingo said it’s something they will look to exploit. After all, pace has always been South Africa’s strength.

“It’s a big advantage. We spoke at the beginning of the one-day series that we wanted to put doubt in their minds in terms of the way that they play pace. They have always had issues playing pace in South Africa and that is what history shows.

“It (pace) is a South African strength. It is the way that we were brought up playing cricket. Sub-continent sides will always turn to spin as an attacking option and South Africans will turn to pace because that is in our DNA.

“Having a four-pronged pace attack is important for us against a country like India in our conditions.”

Domingo and his fellow selectors announced an unchanged 15-man squad for the two test series against India, which starts next week Wednesday at the Wanderers.

Domingo quelled any thoughts of changes to the starting 11, saying that they will stick to the seven batsmen policy.

“The side has been successful with the seven-batsman strategy and I’d probably like to continue that. It is still early in my test tenure to want to make too many wholesale changes to what has worked well over the last period of time,” Domingo said.

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