Proteas Blue Label Telecoms coach, Russell Domingo plans to give all the players in his 15-man squad match time during the three-match KFC International T20 series against New Zealand. The squad boasts good experience and exuberant youth; with the latter hopefully giving all South African fans a taste of what the future holds.
“That’s the plan,” Domingo said about the rotation. “We have 15 players; Dale (Steyn) will play on Friday and probably miss the last two, and Morne (Morkel) will come in and play after that so everybody is going to get some sort of game time in the series. That is important for me in widening our base and giving guys an opportunity to perform at this level.”
One of the challenges faced by Domingo and the coaching staff has been to galvanise a new-look T20 squad, and to instil the prevalent team ethos found in the settled Test environment within a short pace of time.
“The Test culture that has developed over the last couple of years is something that we are striving to take through to the shorter formats, it’s not going to happen overnight,” Domingo explained.
“It will be a little bit of a process, but we are feeding it through in small drips at the moment. Little bits of what is happening in the Test side we are trying to incorporate here (T20 squad), while still doing certain things differently because it’s a different group of players, there are different ways to manage the younger players.
“The longer we have together, the more information we will provide these younger guys as to how things run in the national side. The guys have been excited about it and are buying into how it works.”
As much as Domingo has been handed the full coaching reigns over the T20 squad, he still communicates regularly with Head Coach Gary Kirsten, who remains accountable for the squad.
“I always touch base with him, he is ultimately the man in charge,” Domingo said about Kirsten’s involvement. “I cannot deviate massively from the processes that he has put in place but I can do things differently in my own way.
“He (Kirsten) will be at one of the practices in East London and at the game in Port Elizabeth. To not tap into Gary Kirsten’s thought process and brain would be foolish of me, I will be liaising with him continuously over the next few days.”