South Africa’s coach Russel Domingo has admitted that his side’s woes against spin are a major issue. Domingo however recently also said that he hopes for an improved performance from the visitors in the fifth ODI in Mumbai.
“We pride ourselves as guys who play spin really well. If you look at the history of our side, we have gone to places and performed really well against spin and we are expecting the wickets to be similar to this in the Test matches and pose a great challenge for us and it’s something we are really excited about taking on. We want to beat some of the best sides in their conditions and it’s an opportunity for us to do that so we know it’s going to be tough, but we’ll be well prepared for it,” Domingo said.
The South African coach also backed the out of form Hashim Amla to come good soon. “If you look at it, there are two players in the world who average over 50 in Test matches and one-day cricket that have played the game and Hashim Amla and AB de Villliers are the two,” Domingo said. “Look, Hash is a quality player. All players have periods in their careers where they are maybe not churning out the runs like they should, but we know Hashim could get a hundred in Mumbai. He is that type of player. So he is massively important for us and we are not concerned about his form at the moment because we know he’ll come good at some stage.”
Domingo however made it certain that David Miller’s current form was a massive concern. “We are concerned about David’s form at the moment,” Domingo said. “That particular position at 5 and 6, that maybe Suresh Raina will be able to tell you guys, is a very tough position. You often come in with three or four overs to play and if you get caught on the boundary people say you are out of form. If you come in with 25 overs to go and the team is four down and you come in and get a good nut, people say you are out of form. So it’s a very difficult position.”
“You’ve got to be patient with players in that position, particularly in this country because it is the hardest place to bat. And you watch him in the nets, he’s playing really well. Just things aren’t working for him at the moment,” Domingo said.