Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

4 December 2013

South Africa: ODI - Domingo Weighing Up Pitches and Spinners

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There has been plenty of talk about South Africa playing attacking cricket against India, but judging by what coach Russell Domingo said on Tuesday, fans should not expect the batsmen to be bounding down the pitch to the spinners or the bowlers to use the new ball like in a Test match. By KEN BORLAND.

Although the limited-overs unit remains a frustration, a team full of great talent that for some reason just doesn't click consistently enough, South Africa are unlikely to jettison a conservative approach in the three ODIs against India, starting at the Wanderers on Thursday.

Captain AB de Villiers may have spoken about the need to strike early with the new ball in order to hold India's powerful, all-action batting line-up in check, but Domingo said on Tuesday that this would not be a departure from what they usually try and achieve.

"Taking wickets early is the only way to ever restrict a strong batting line-up, if you don't get wickets you're going to lose nine out of 10 games. They'll feel the same way bowling against us.

"But we try and be attacking every time we have the new ball so there won't be drastic changes...

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