Russell Domingo certainly knows a thing or two about how to excel against Australia in Australia.
Under Domingo, Faf du Plessis & Co. had thoroughly outplayed Australia to seal a historic 3-0 whitewash last year in Down Under. The Proteas had won the first Test by 177 runs before securing an innings victory and seven-wicket victory in the following two Tests. Such was the impact of those losses that a new chairman of selectors was appointed and the squad got overhauled.
Almost one year after that resounding victory, England is also looking to repeat that feat, as they gear up to take on Australia in the Ashes and Domingo has come up with some words of wisdom for Joe Root & Co.
The ex-Proteas head coach has advised England to ‘control the run-rate and get some movement’ to have a chance of upsetting the hosts. Not only that, Domingo also said Australia would be dismissed under 200 if England manages to get David Warner and Steve Smith cheaply.
“They bully you into submission, but if you can control the run rate and get some movement, you have got a chance,” Domingo told The Observer. “Technically Australia batters will struggle if you do, as they are used to flat pitches and free scoring. Nullify the impact of those two (Smith and David Warner), and there is a good chance of getting them for under 200,” he added.
Domingo also spoke on how to dismiss Smith, the world number one Test batsman and Warner.
“Smith is a fantastic player and, at No.4, the key is get him against the new ball,” Domingo said. “Go for the jugular … bowl straight for lbws or bowled.
“With Warner, he can seriously hurt you. We bowled pretty much into his thigh pad for as long as possible, as he’ll cut anything fourth stump or wider for four. We closed down his scoring options – basically frustrated him out.”
Speaking about Australia’s formidable pace-attack, Domingo put his money on Josh Hazlewood instead of Mitchell Starc to inflict the damage on the hosts.
“He’s fantastically skilled … it was a case of nullifying the effect of Hazlewood and looking to score against the rest,” he said. “We felt that Starc, while he’s terrific when on top, he would give us chances to score.”
The five-Test series will start on November 23 at Brisbane’s Gabba.
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