Proteas

Donald: Proteas should consider all-pace attack

Allan Donald (Gallo Images)
Allan Donald (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former South African fast bowler Allan Donald believes that the Proteas need to play an all-pace attack against India at Newlands this week, should the pitch warrant it. 

The Proteas face off against Virat Kohli and his charges in the first of three-Tests, starting in Cape Town on Friday.

Donald suggested on Twitter that fast bowler Morne Morkel, who is in the 'form of his life', must play at Newlands despite the much-anticipated return of Dale Steyn.

Steyn needs just five more Test wickets to become the all-time leading wicket taker the Proteas in the longer format of the game.

He currently sits on 417 Test wickets while former Proteas all-rounder Shaun Pollock finished his career on 421, the current benchmark at national level.

READ: Conditions to determine Steyn selection

Donald, known as "White Lightning" during his career, thinks that spinner Keshav Maharaj should sit on the sidelines if the wicket has a little in it. This means a Proteas attack featuring Steyn, Morkel, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada.

This would be a difficult call for the selectors, however, as Maharaj took his third five-wicket haul (5/59) against Zimbabwe in their Boxing Day Test last week, and opting to play without a spinner can backfire horribly, something Donald did note in his tweet. 

Donald, who is a former Proteas bowling coach, played 72 Tests and took 330 wickets for South Africa.

Play on Friday gets underway at 10:00.

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