Tuesday 10 December 2013 

This Test Side Is Easy To Select - Domingo

Graeme Smith
Russell Domingo says that the South Africa Test team is easy to select
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South Africa head coach Russell Domingo said it was not a difficult decision to name an unchanged Test squad for the upcoming series against India.

Despite South Africa slipping to an unexpected defeat to Pakistan in November, the same set of players that helped them bounce back and draw the series 1-1 have been retained for the two matches against India in Johannesburg and Durban.

Prior to that series, South Africa had not played Test cricket for six months and Domingo says that the team almost picks itself.

"We hadn’t played a Test match before the UAE for about six months, so after having two games there it’s difficult to make changes," he said.

"The Test side is easy to select, the side has been performing well for a period of time so I don’t think there will be too many surprises or many tough decisions to make in terms of the selection of the team."

Domingo says that he will continue to use field seven batsmen as it has proved a successful ploy, and highly effective when two of those batsmen are Jacques Kallis, who has 288 Test wickets, and wicket-keeper AB de Villiers.

"I'd like to think that the side has been successful with the seven batter strategy, I’d like to continue with that,

"It’s still early in my Test tenure-ship to make wholesale changes to what has worked well in the last period of time. As far as I’m concerned I’d like to keep the structure of the team the way it has been in the last year," he added.

He refused to be drawn on whether South Africa's dominance of the One-Day International series will have affected India ahead of the Test series.

"I don’t know what is going on in their minds," he said.

"All we know is that our seamers have bowled well in the last two ODI games and on Wednesday in Pretoria we have to start well again.

"Come the Test match it will be a different kettle of fish."

The opening Test at The Wanderers begins on 18th December.

© Cricket World 2013

 
Fixtures & Results

5th December: 1st ODI, Johannesburg
RSA 358-4 beat IND 217 by 141 runs
8th December: 2nd ODI, Durban
RSA 280-6 beat IND 146 by 134 runs
11th December: 3rd ODI, Centurion
RSA 301-8 v IND - no result, rain
18th-22nd December: 1st Test, Johannesburg
IND 280 & 421 drew with RSA 244 & 450-7
26th-30th December: 2nd Test, Durban
RSA 500 & 59-0 beat IND 334 & 223 by 10 wickets