Thursday 13 March 2014 

Proteas Learn Lessons From Defeat

Kyle Abbott and Wayne Parnell celebrate
Russell Domingo says he is pleased with the way his inexperienced bowling line-up performed against Australia
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South Africa coach Russell Domingo says that his side have learnt valuable lessons despite losing the second Twenty20 International to Australia in Durban.

The home side were beaten when two late Brad Hodge sixes ensured Australia overhauled a target of 81 in a rain-reduced seven overs per side game by five wickets.

Quinton de Kock had earlier hit a quickfire 41 not out to help South Africa close on 80 for one but felding an inexperienced bowling attack, they were unable to close out the game.

"There is always a lesson to be learnt, no matter how many overs you play," Domingo said

"We have played a few matches in the last few years where we have been reduced to seven or eight overs.

"Australia won the game and they deserved to do so but I wasnt too disappointed with the way we played today."

He added that the reduced match gave his bowlers the opportunity to hone their death-bowling skills, and he was pleased with how they performed, despite the eventual defeat.

"We have to remember that guys like Dale (Steyn) and Morne (Morkel) aren't here.

"It was a good opportunity for guys like Beuran (Hendricks), who had his first taste of the pressures of International cricket, and guys like Parnell who have been successful before, its all part of the process."

South Africa head to Centurion for the final game in the three-match series tomorrow and then they head to Bangladesh for the ICC World Twenty20.

© Cricket World 2014

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Fixtures & Results

12th-16th February: 1st Test, Centurion
AUS 397 & 290-4d. beat RSA 206 & 200 by 281 runs
20th-24th February: 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth
RSA 423 & 270-5 dec. beat 246 & 216 by 231 runs
1st-5th March: 3rd Test, Cape Town
AUS 494-7d & 303-5d beat RSA 287 & 265 by 245 runs
9th March: 1st T20I, Port Elizabeth
Match abandoned without a ball bowled - rain
12th March: 2nd T20I, Durban
AUS 81-5 beat RSA 80-1 by 5 wickets
14th March: 3rd T20I, Centurion
AUS 129-4 beat RSA 128-7 by 6 wickets