Australia in South Africa 2013-14 February 26, 2014

South Africa soak in that winning feeling

There has been a noticeable spring in South Africa's step over recent days after their remarkable turnaround in fortunes
  shares 29

Sports teams would have us believe winning, just like eating for a chef or travelling for an airline pilot, is just part of the job. That it is the best, most exciting, most fun and most enviable part of the job is something they do not often admit, especially in the middle of a series, because it could result in them getting carried away. Finally, someone has broken the mould.

We all knew already what Russell Domingo confirmed but at least he did: nothing beats coming out on top. So, he seems to have allowed his team to bask in the glory of their St George's Park victory instead of limiting them to the dreaded task of focusing solely on the function and he joined some of the celebration himself.

"The breakfast area the day after winning a cricket game and the day after losing a cricket game is totally different," Domingo said. "No matter how you try not to emphasise the importance of winning because you want to focus on your processes, winning is very important. The general vibe around the team after a good win - there is so much more energy when compared to after a loss."

That may be why Hashim Amla was willing to go as far as announcing it was advantage South Africa heading to Newlands, why Morne Morkel was spotted strolling carefree along the Port Elizabeth beachfront the day after the triumph and why Dean Elgar had time to seek out a doppelganger on Twitter (the lookalike is a South African radio host) in the lead up to the third Test. The Australian have also taken some out - three days actually - but Domingo hinted they would used it differently, given how he explained the aftermath of a loss.

"There's a lot of tension after a loss, a lot of reflection, a lot of what ifs, should we have, could we have..." he said, which would also have explained South Africa's tension ahead of the second Test. "After a win you just really try and emphasise the good stuff and that's the feeling I get at the moment. There's a good energy around the side and guys know they have played more to their potential than in the first Test - probably not at their best but to their potential in this last Test match."

A mantra of "we can always get better," is as formulaic as sports teams trying to deflect attention of victory but for the South African team, as they stand right now, it is not far off the mark. There are areas where they need to improve ahead of the series decider and fielding is one of them. South Africa's displays in both Tests have been riddled with fumbles and dotted with dropped catches.

However, a Domingo in good spirits does not seem too worried about that. "We've generally fielded well and taken good catches. But it's like everything else in the game. If you put one or two down, there's always a little bit of anxiety around that," he said. But what if you put down seven?

That is how many South African have let slip so far, with five of them alone off David Warner. The opening batsman may not be Australia's top run-scorer in the series if it was not for those mistakes. South Africa do not currently have a fielding coach but that should not even be a factor. No one should be needed to teach international cricketers to catch. "No one does it on purpose but it's something that we are a little bit aware of and are trying to improve on," Domingo said,

He was similarly nonplussed about their use of the DRS. "It's the same thing with the referrals: if you get one or two wrong and the next one comes, you think 'Oh damn, I'd better not stuff this one up. Let's not do it.' It's a little bit of the same anxiety."

Graeme Smith has had a tough time with technology, allowing Mitchell Johnson (first Test, first innings), Peter Siddle (second Test, first innings), Nathan Lyon (second Test, first innings) and Chris Rogers (second Test, second innings) to get away when they would have been out had he called for DRS and incorrectly asking for referrals off Warner (first Test, second innings) and Rogers (second Test, first innings). He had a similar struggle with his own form with no scores over 15 so far but Domingo believes he is due.

"I am not really too concerned. Graeme's record speaks for itself. It's very seldom that he goes through a series without making a contribution - I am talking about with the bat, because he makes a massive contribution as the leader," Domingo said. "It's not something I am too fazed about. He is a quality player. He is playing well at the moment, he is looking in good touch, he has just found ways of getting out."

On his home ground, in the last Test of the summer Smith will have the perfect opportunity to turn things around and have the final say of the season. He may even get the surface he wants to do it on. Domingo said South Africa want nothing more than a "good cricket wicket," and early signs suggest Newlands will produce one.

Domingo had a brief chat with Evan Flint, the groundsman, and saw that the pitch "looks like a wicket that is ready to play on tomorrow," so Flint will "probably want to keep a bit more moisture in it." With heat and wind dominating the build-up, Flint has had the top drying out but not the whole surface, now that the gust has let up, he can bake the pitch before match day to present something everyone will be happy with.

That leaves only one person likely to receive bad news ahead of the third Test: Robin Peterson. Domingo admitted he was happy enough with the job JP Duminy did in Port Elizabeth and even though he does not have an XI yet, it seems Peterson will not find his way back in. "In South Africa, the spinner's role is very much of a holding role and I thought JP and Dean did a very good job for us in the second Test," he said.

Everyone else can simply enjoy that winning feeling.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • P0isonal on February 28, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    World number 1 Test team had just 2 or 3 test match series!! R u top 3 wana improve ur ranking by playing more test then SAF?? Give them 5 match series against ind, aus nd england..the player of south africa can show they are the best and they are legends of the game!!

  • StaalBurgher on February 27, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    @Donovan Williams - If a player is clearly more talented than another it is slavish to insist that he wait till he is 24-25. De Kock did look uncomfortable but only the coaching staff will know how far off he is. Going by looks, from a fans perspective, is not evidence of anything. If the coaches feel he won't be damaged then let him play. There is no reason to insist on some sort of seniority hierarchy, we should live in a meritocracy.

    As for van Zyl, both he and de Kock should be there ahead of Alviro. So including de Kock shouldn't hold van Zyl back.

    Look I won't be too bothered if they play van Zyl ahead of de Kock, but that is not the issue we are faced with. We are stuck with a situation where a mediocre player who had a good run of domestic form 2 years ago is no blocking the advancement of younger, more talented players. Up to the PE test he was ahead of Elgar as well, and depending on the obstinacy of our selectors might still be. Alviro is blocking any of 3 young players!

  • on February 27, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    If both teams play at 100%, Proteas will beat this current Aussie side every time.

  • on February 27, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    I have my doubts about Domingo. He seems like a nice guy but he has that "Mickey Arthur" vibe about him. The guy took over the number one team in the world so should keep winning but I think we could be better. We don't need to take 3 days off in the middle of a 3 match series considering how little test cricket the players have had. Gary Kirsten would bring in someone like Jonty Rhodes for a couple days to work with the guys on catching, Domingo just glosses over problems.

  • on February 27, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    #StaalBurgher, I have seen similar comments by you in one of the Aussie papers. Mostly I agree with you some of the points you raise. However, on De Kock I think you are quite incorrect. He was completely uncomfortable when batting in both innings. He maybe some sort-off wunderkind with regard to limited overs cricket. He has certainly made strides by showing some patience. However the longer format is a lot different. He needs to play a lot more 4 day cricket to understand his own game in the longer format. Otherwise we will hurt his overall game and technique. Besides what are we saying to players like Stiaan van Zyl who have been consistent performers for more than two seasons, whereas De Kock has not posted a proper score in 4 day cricket.

  • on February 27, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    Tommytuckersaf, that's an unusual perspective to say the least. Confidence and supporting team mates publicly is a part of sport and surely better than doing the opposite. And Smith certainly wasn't talking any of his players down after the last match.

    Expect a close one this time and recent history proves that momentum counts for little, so 47 all out will be a distant memory for Aus. But whatever the outcome SA will remain no. 1 test Team by a good margin and deservedly so. Although it would be good to see them playing more test cricket and being tested more often.

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 27, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    This shuld have been a 5 match series

  • disco_bob on February 27, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa, I'm not sure why you relentlessly bring up the 47 score, I could understand it if SA weren't bowled out themselves for 96, because that is an equally unedifying memory.

  • BILALBOKHARI on February 27, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    I am eager to see quinton D kock to perform as he is gem of a player. key to success is batting once their batting click they will take advantage of australia nervousness (which they tend to show when somebody really plays well).

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 27, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    SA need to keep their feet on the ground, which they are good at doing to be fair. They are not like the opposition who make self-proclamations of greatness or get their team mates to make press releases telling us on how great they are.

    SA are always slow starters, because we play so little Test cricket. Key people like Amla are coming into form, bowling attack will further be improved with Abbott and the memory of 47 All Out is scared on Australian players.

  • P0isonal on February 28, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    World number 1 Test team had just 2 or 3 test match series!! R u top 3 wana improve ur ranking by playing more test then SAF?? Give them 5 match series against ind, aus nd england..the player of south africa can show they are the best and they are legends of the game!!

  • StaalBurgher on February 27, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    @Donovan Williams - If a player is clearly more talented than another it is slavish to insist that he wait till he is 24-25. De Kock did look uncomfortable but only the coaching staff will know how far off he is. Going by looks, from a fans perspective, is not evidence of anything. If the coaches feel he won't be damaged then let him play. There is no reason to insist on some sort of seniority hierarchy, we should live in a meritocracy.

    As for van Zyl, both he and de Kock should be there ahead of Alviro. So including de Kock shouldn't hold van Zyl back.

    Look I won't be too bothered if they play van Zyl ahead of de Kock, but that is not the issue we are faced with. We are stuck with a situation where a mediocre player who had a good run of domestic form 2 years ago is no blocking the advancement of younger, more talented players. Up to the PE test he was ahead of Elgar as well, and depending on the obstinacy of our selectors might still be. Alviro is blocking any of 3 young players!

  • on February 27, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    If both teams play at 100%, Proteas will beat this current Aussie side every time.

  • on February 27, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    I have my doubts about Domingo. He seems like a nice guy but he has that "Mickey Arthur" vibe about him. The guy took over the number one team in the world so should keep winning but I think we could be better. We don't need to take 3 days off in the middle of a 3 match series considering how little test cricket the players have had. Gary Kirsten would bring in someone like Jonty Rhodes for a couple days to work with the guys on catching, Domingo just glosses over problems.

  • on February 27, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    #StaalBurgher, I have seen similar comments by you in one of the Aussie papers. Mostly I agree with you some of the points you raise. However, on De Kock I think you are quite incorrect. He was completely uncomfortable when batting in both innings. He maybe some sort-off wunderkind with regard to limited overs cricket. He has certainly made strides by showing some patience. However the longer format is a lot different. He needs to play a lot more 4 day cricket to understand his own game in the longer format. Otherwise we will hurt his overall game and technique. Besides what are we saying to players like Stiaan van Zyl who have been consistent performers for more than two seasons, whereas De Kock has not posted a proper score in 4 day cricket.

  • on February 27, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    Tommytuckersaf, that's an unusual perspective to say the least. Confidence and supporting team mates publicly is a part of sport and surely better than doing the opposite. And Smith certainly wasn't talking any of his players down after the last match.

    Expect a close one this time and recent history proves that momentum counts for little, so 47 all out will be a distant memory for Aus. But whatever the outcome SA will remain no. 1 test Team by a good margin and deservedly so. Although it would be good to see them playing more test cricket and being tested more often.

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 27, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    This shuld have been a 5 match series

  • disco_bob on February 27, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa, I'm not sure why you relentlessly bring up the 47 score, I could understand it if SA weren't bowled out themselves for 96, because that is an equally unedifying memory.

  • BILALBOKHARI on February 27, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    I am eager to see quinton D kock to perform as he is gem of a player. key to success is batting once their batting click they will take advantage of australia nervousness (which they tend to show when somebody really plays well).

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 27, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    SA need to keep their feet on the ground, which they are good at doing to be fair. They are not like the opposition who make self-proclamations of greatness or get their team mates to make press releases telling us on how great they are.

    SA are always slow starters, because we play so little Test cricket. Key people like Amla are coming into form, bowling attack will further be improved with Abbott and the memory of 47 All Out is scared on Australian players.

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    My prediction: SA would have always going to win this series 2-1. Even before the Series started i had a feeling OZ would crush SA in the first Test. They were fired up after ashes and SA was without test match practise and not ready. The Truth is SA does not play enough test but still the best. And if u look back not too far. SA drew the first test agsinst India and came back in the second test to win the series, SA lost the first test agsinst Pak and came back to level the series in UAE, SA drew the first 2 tests in aus in dec. 2012 and came back in the 3rd day of the last test and snatched victory in a way Ricky Ponting has admitted the best he have seen. This SA test team is unique. All they need is more Test matches or atleast the same amount, Ind, Aus and Eng plays. If that happens we would see more white washes then heroic come backs. This team can beat any team at any situation and in any conditions. No others has this capabilty. Give us more test matches. We ll rule the world.

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Ideal south Africa team for the 3rd test should be like this 1)Smith 2)elgar 3) amla 4) Flaff 5) ABD 6)duminy 7) QDK 8) philander 9) morkel 10) steyn 11) KYLIE ABOTT

    please Cricket south Africa the man has proved so miuch with just one game u gave him destroying the pakis batting line up. Why not you give him another chance rather than tired and tested RP and rory? we very well have seen duminy is more than just a part timer now with his timely wickets!!

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    If I were in Domingo's shoes, I would've taken those guys to catch tennis balls the whole day! South Africa is not going to get away with catching so poorly in the deciding test. Our bad fielding might just come back to haunt us!

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Honestly Captain Smith has done alot for our cricket. yes I wouldve loved to see more runs from him in the last couple of years, however I for one have got use to his barren spells. They seem to be his best pal, then go on holiday and return a year later. The Proteas are a confidence driven team. The moment their is doubt and negativity in our dressing room we dont perform to our full potential, our even a fraction with it. The wild and spectacular fails at World Cups is the perfecte example. A fear of not losing to win. Retirement, yes every player gets to that stage, however I dont think Smith wants to retire without WC Gold next to his name. He may not be the ODI captain but his presence is second to none. This current squad can do if you take put the politics of quota systems and let the boys dp what they do their own way. His been at the helm for almost a decade now, stats as a leader, captain and personality are examplirary. Just a World Cup Star please Biff. AB is open known as the next Test Captain with Faf his deputy, alot of talent is coming through at the moment. Just watch the U19s. CSA SHOULD GET ITS ACT TOGETHER AND REALISE WE ARE TRULY ON TOP OF THE WORLD.

  • Aspraso on February 27, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    They do have to tinkle with their bowling -- Parnell is injured -- perhaps Kyle Abott instead of Robbie.

  • on February 27, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Go the Saffers!!!! Be interesting to see MJ v Steyn. Cricket will be the winner either way...

  • heathrf1974 on February 27, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    I believe the toss and first session will be crucial in the next test and will give a good indication of who will win. For the Aussies to have a chance they will need both these things to be favourable, SA less so.

  • on February 27, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    And I say this on this day the 27th February. The third test will be one hell of a battle between the best two sides in cricket, and yet South Africa will prevail in the end and win. Aussies will fight every inch of the way, but SA has found form and will be a Herculean task for Aussies.The simple reason being SA seem to now believe in themselves after the second test and in their home soil will not be able to dislodge. Aussies fast bowlers showed that when there is no bounce they are easy meat for opposition batsmen. You can expect a green top in this test devoid of the pronounced bounce seen in first test or in pitches in Australia.

  • TheCricketeer on February 27, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    4 innings and they call him out of form. He is still averaging 42 odd in his last 10 games. Must be a fantastic opener if that is "out of form". 4 low innings for an opening bat really is nothing.

    @Surly - I thought there was a chance he would be gone after the Aus series but he would have anounced it by now one would imagine so looks like he will stay where he is until the world cup at least. He probably believes leaving test cricket and playing in England would leave him with almost no chance of making that squad.

    @OCW - stir all you like mate. Aint gonna help you. Only MJ has any potential to help you. The rest of your happy crop of "Mr Average" players that supposedly make up the best attack in the world should be making sure he is comfortable at the hotel because they won't contribute much once the game has started.

  • jonesy2 on February 27, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    im glad theyre basking in a dubious test win and not focussing on how they are going to stop an Australian side that will actually turn up in cape town. im glad Australia aren't in south africas position because going in to a decider on the back of a loss is much better than on the back of a win.

  • Proteas-13thman on February 27, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Russel Domingo needs a wake up call. EVERY professional cricketer needs to be coached fielding~! Practice makes perfect and even though I agree that professional cricketers don't need to be taught how to catch a ball , they still need to practice to maintain these skills. He is perfect for the supporting role but not the role of the main coach. We need a cricket player that can make judgement calls based on experience and all the valuable information such as stats and game theory that Domingo provides. Why cant someone convince Shaun pollock to try or lance klusner or Gary Kirsten again???? There is tons of room for improvement - starting with fielding and inlcuding Kyle abbot in the mix.

    The only good thing here is that Domingo supports Smith ;-)

  • KeepItLight on February 27, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    @Ozcricketwriter - What publication do you write for? I'm curious to see if your one-eyed observations are reserved just for the Saffers, for any Aussie opponent or just for those who have the temerity to beat them?

  • on February 27, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    We saw what happened in the first test when the team kept dropping catches... hopefully they have fulfilled the quota and will now cling onto everything. I doubt strongly that Graeme will retire soon. As a rule, a captain is only as good as his bowlers (Stephen Fleming being the modern exception) and who would willing give up the job of directing the best fast bowler of his generation and possibly the best that SA has ever produced? Also, he will score runs as his near 50 average bears testimony to.

  • ShutTheGate on February 26, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    It sounds like the Newlands pitch might behave similarly to the SCG - is that a fair estimate?

    That would be good news for Aus with Clarke, Smith, Haddin, Warner and Lyon very much used to those conditions and Doolan had a good knock against Sa for Australia A @ the SCG in 2012.

  • on February 26, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    Both teams are starting to yap again and have all series... Just so the two teams are aware.... this Kiwi - and other smart nations will follow suit or are already aware of this - knows when these two nations start talking it up, there is fear about.... as there should be! It is the decider! But, guys, you are the only two teams on earth who do this and actually think it has any effect beyond psyching UP the opposition!! You are grown men and it is sport. Running into a gang of hooded, knife-wielding murderers in an alley during a heavy fog at 4am is scary... you are merely 22 juveniles in white clothing in broad daylight!! So, please grow up? It is a good thing you are using this effective-only-in-your-own-deluded-minds (just look how wee-willy Warner acts up incessantly) 'tactic' against each other. The rest of us do our talking on the field as we have character. Regardless, good luck to South Africa (I am a kiwi), the better and better-behaved team. Grow up Austraaaaaaalia?

  • disco_bob on February 26, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    It's feels better to win rather than to lose? But how... why, that's crazy talk. Domingo reminds me of the 'gamber's fallacy', you know, black is more likely to come up because we've had so many reds in a row. What is says about G.Smith, goes even more so for Clarke. Make no mistake this is a high pressure game, probably the highest pressure game SA have played, and if they don't know it now they will if things begin to go pear shaped in the form of an MJ barrage.

    Australia have nothing to lose, we'd just like to see some improvement, but SA have even more to lose now after the Big Talk. We have seen Australia bounce back from bad losses before. Surely SA must realise that if they lose, a 2-1 series scoreline will be a bitter pill.

  • SurlyCynic on February 26, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    I get the feeling Smith will retire soon. He's taken that position as Surrey captain, has an Irish wife and has made it clear that he'd like to spend a decent proportion of the season in Surrey not just a month or two. And this year there are only a couple of tests against Zim and a short tour to SL for the test team. He's been captain for over 100 tests and has seemed tired of the politics recently, I think we may get an announcement soon.

  • Ozcricketwriter on February 26, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    That's good. So South Africa will be arrogant again for the 3rd test and lose again because they didn't take Australia seriously.

  • StaalBurgher on February 26, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    It is true that SA mustn't ignore the catching problem.

    I also agree that Smith's run is not that concerning yet. If you think that Alviro has been given 2 years to get over his limited-talent-inspired-run-of-bad-results I think we can give Captain Fantastic some rope. The fact of the matter is that there are other weaker players, like Alviro, to be replaced first. Hopefully Peterson has now been removed from the playing 11 permanently in favour of Duminy. Guys like de Kock must settle. Only then should we be looking at the form of Smith. Most likely by then he would've gotten back into the runs anyway.

    All that said, his career is heading towards an end. There must be a plan to replace him in another 2 years. That is why Stiaan van Zyl must be in this squad unless he can play domestic 4-days.

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • StaalBurgher on February 26, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    It is true that SA mustn't ignore the catching problem.

    I also agree that Smith's run is not that concerning yet. If you think that Alviro has been given 2 years to get over his limited-talent-inspired-run-of-bad-results I think we can give Captain Fantastic some rope. The fact of the matter is that there are other weaker players, like Alviro, to be replaced first. Hopefully Peterson has now been removed from the playing 11 permanently in favour of Duminy. Guys like de Kock must settle. Only then should we be looking at the form of Smith. Most likely by then he would've gotten back into the runs anyway.

    All that said, his career is heading towards an end. There must be a plan to replace him in another 2 years. That is why Stiaan van Zyl must be in this squad unless he can play domestic 4-days.

  • Ozcricketwriter on February 26, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    That's good. So South Africa will be arrogant again for the 3rd test and lose again because they didn't take Australia seriously.

  • SurlyCynic on February 26, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    I get the feeling Smith will retire soon. He's taken that position as Surrey captain, has an Irish wife and has made it clear that he'd like to spend a decent proportion of the season in Surrey not just a month or two. And this year there are only a couple of tests against Zim and a short tour to SL for the test team. He's been captain for over 100 tests and has seemed tired of the politics recently, I think we may get an announcement soon.

  • disco_bob on February 26, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    It's feels better to win rather than to lose? But how... why, that's crazy talk. Domingo reminds me of the 'gamber's fallacy', you know, black is more likely to come up because we've had so many reds in a row. What is says about G.Smith, goes even more so for Clarke. Make no mistake this is a high pressure game, probably the highest pressure game SA have played, and if they don't know it now they will if things begin to go pear shaped in the form of an MJ barrage.

    Australia have nothing to lose, we'd just like to see some improvement, but SA have even more to lose now after the Big Talk. We have seen Australia bounce back from bad losses before. Surely SA must realise that if they lose, a 2-1 series scoreline will be a bitter pill.

  • on February 26, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    Both teams are starting to yap again and have all series... Just so the two teams are aware.... this Kiwi - and other smart nations will follow suit or are already aware of this - knows when these two nations start talking it up, there is fear about.... as there should be! It is the decider! But, guys, you are the only two teams on earth who do this and actually think it has any effect beyond psyching UP the opposition!! You are grown men and it is sport. Running into a gang of hooded, knife-wielding murderers in an alley during a heavy fog at 4am is scary... you are merely 22 juveniles in white clothing in broad daylight!! So, please grow up? It is a good thing you are using this effective-only-in-your-own-deluded-minds (just look how wee-willy Warner acts up incessantly) 'tactic' against each other. The rest of us do our talking on the field as we have character. Regardless, good luck to South Africa (I am a kiwi), the better and better-behaved team. Grow up Austraaaaaaalia?

  • ShutTheGate on February 26, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    It sounds like the Newlands pitch might behave similarly to the SCG - is that a fair estimate?

    That would be good news for Aus with Clarke, Smith, Haddin, Warner and Lyon very much used to those conditions and Doolan had a good knock against Sa for Australia A @ the SCG in 2012.

  • on February 27, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    We saw what happened in the first test when the team kept dropping catches... hopefully they have fulfilled the quota and will now cling onto everything. I doubt strongly that Graeme will retire soon. As a rule, a captain is only as good as his bowlers (Stephen Fleming being the modern exception) and who would willing give up the job of directing the best fast bowler of his generation and possibly the best that SA has ever produced? Also, he will score runs as his near 50 average bears testimony to.

  • KeepItLight on February 27, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    @Ozcricketwriter - What publication do you write for? I'm curious to see if your one-eyed observations are reserved just for the Saffers, for any Aussie opponent or just for those who have the temerity to beat them?

  • Proteas-13thman on February 27, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Russel Domingo needs a wake up call. EVERY professional cricketer needs to be coached fielding~! Practice makes perfect and even though I agree that professional cricketers don't need to be taught how to catch a ball , they still need to practice to maintain these skills. He is perfect for the supporting role but not the role of the main coach. We need a cricket player that can make judgement calls based on experience and all the valuable information such as stats and game theory that Domingo provides. Why cant someone convince Shaun pollock to try or lance klusner or Gary Kirsten again???? There is tons of room for improvement - starting with fielding and inlcuding Kyle abbot in the mix.

    The only good thing here is that Domingo supports Smith ;-)

  • jonesy2 on February 27, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    im glad theyre basking in a dubious test win and not focussing on how they are going to stop an Australian side that will actually turn up in cape town. im glad Australia aren't in south africas position because going in to a decider on the back of a loss is much better than on the back of a win.