Domingo Keen To Keep Proteas On Top

South Africa Test cricket
South Africa will be back in Test action from 14th October when they take on Pakistan
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South Africa coach Russell Domingo says his team will be using the three-day game against Pakistan 'A' to acclimatise and gain important match practice.

The heat in the United Arab Emirates can take some getting used to and the match will be South Africa's only warm-up ahead of the opening Test in Abu Dhabi, which begins on 14th October.

"We touched base this morning and re-emphasised the important elements that have made this Test side so successful," Domingo said yesterday.

"We want to try and continue with those aspects like preparation, conditioning and execution; things that we have done well over the last period of time."

Some of the players have been in India playing in the Champions League Twenty20 but Domingo is not worried about them getting into the right frame of mind to play Test cricket again.

"They are a mature bunch of cricketers. They have been around for a while and they all have good connections and have played with each other over a period of time.

"I don't think it will be a major factor, but it is something that we need to make sure we do," he added.

South Africa go into the Test series as the number one ranked Test side in the world, and there they will remain, even if they were to lose this series 2-0 and second-placed England were to beat Australia 5-0 in the upcoming Ashes series.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

14th-18th October: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
PAK 442 & 45-3 beat RSA 249 & 232 by 7 wickets
23rd-27th October: 2nd Test, Dubai
RSA 517 beat PAK 99 & 326 by an innings & 92 runs
30th October: 1st ODI, Sharjah
RSA 183 beat PAK 182 by 1 run
1st November: 2nd ODI, Dubai
PAK 209 beat RSA 143 by 66 runs
6th November: 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 259-8 beat PAK 191 by 68 runs
8th November: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 266-5 beat PAK 238 by 28 runs
11th November: 5th ODI, Sharjah
RSA 268-7 beat PAK 151 by 117 runs
13th November: 1st T20I, Dubai
RSA 99-1 beat PAK 98-9 by 9 wickets
15th November: 2nd T20I, Dubai
RSA 150-5 beat PAK 144-9 by 6 runs