Castle Lager Proteas’ Test coach, Russell Domingo, is confident with the squad selected for the two-match Sunfoil Test series against India starting in Johannesburg next week. The selectors announced an unchanged squad on Monday, following the Proteas’ drawn series against Pakistan in October.
“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,” Domingo 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.”
The Proteas’ extra batting option has been one of their trump cards in the last year and is a strategy Domingo remains keen on using.
“I’d like to think that the side has been successful with the seven batter strategy, I’d like to continue with that, “ he said. “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.”
Domingo is also comfortable with the different spinning options Imran Tahir and Robin Peterson bring to the squad even in South Africa, and says both offer their own unique contribution to the squad.
The coach refused to be drawn into answering questions on whether India may have suffered mental scarring following his team’s ODI series win on Sunday and admits the Test series will be a different challenge.
“I’d 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.”