England in South Africa 2015-16 February 17, 2016

Domingo opens door for Parnell's international return


Russell Domingo: "The plan was for us to send Parnell back to domestic cricket and for him to perform well there there for a period of time before getting into the national side again" © AFP

Wayne Parnell's 3 for 26 was the most incisive and economical contribution for South Africa A against the touring England XI in their warm-up match in Paarl, but he will still have to bide his time before thinking of an international return. Despite his impressive showing, Parnell's inconsistent and injury-filled history means he still has to prove himself properly before he gets another look in.

"I've always been a big fan Wayne Parnell. He provides what you need in one-day cricket, in terms of a lower order batting option and bowling at good pace," Russell Domingo, South Africa's coach, said at the team's training session at Newlands on Wednesday. "I like that x-factor that he brings but he has had a lot of injuries of late. The plan was for us to send him back to domestic cricket and for him to perform well there there for a period of time before getting into the national side again. Hopefully he can continue to improve and get back into the national side again."

Domingo was Parnell's coach at the Warriors and oversaw some of his international career, including a Test comeback in February 2014 that was interrupted by a groin strain. Parnell returned from that injury only to face another the following summer.

A foot injury ruled him out of the South Africa A squad to play England in a three-day warm-up match in mid-December 2015. He was back in action at the end of January and has since being playing for his franchise, Cobras. Parnell is their second highest-wicket-taker in the ongoing one-day cup and the sixth overall, with 14 scalps at 23.71, and is starting to demonstrate the ability to threaten more regularly, which Domingo wants to see.

"He is a little bit like Chris Morris at time. He can be a bit inconsistent but things happen around players like him. They take good catches, they bowl important spells, they bowl an average spell but then come back."

For now, Morris is one of the men occupying a spot that could belong to Parnell. All indications are that Morris will hold down a regular place in the T20 squad for the five home internationals as well as for the upcoming World T20, where he is likely to bowl in a well-resourced attack.

Even though limited-overs matches have gained a reputation for being run-fests, Domingo is a bowlers' man and wants to pack his side with enough punch in that department to win games. That's the way he did it at the Warriors, the franchise he coached to their trophies in the 2009-10 season when they were victorious in both the one-day cup and twenty-over competition, and that's the way he wants to do it now.

"I've always believed in having a good bowling attack in short format . I am a big fan of having five frontline bowlers particularly in the one-day side but I haven't always had that," Domingo said. "At the Warriors, we had two spinners in Johan Botha and Nicky Boje, we had Makhaya Ntini and Rusty Theron and we always had one more. There was no easy let off for opposition sides with the ball."

Domingo admitted that he has not always been able to get the same dynamic in the national side which has lacked allrounders until recently. "We have struggled to find the balance all the time and finding the the right person to fulfill the role," he said. "We've done it with JP and Farhaan. Sometimes with success. Sometimes with less success. But I enjoy having five frontline bowlers and a sixth part timer or a seventh. I feel bowlers will win you a lot of contests. If you don't have that, your batting will comes under a little bit of pressure."

That means that at some point, Parnell will come back into the picture. For now, though, he has to concentrate on out-bowling his nearest competitor, Beuran Hendricks. Domingo mentioned Hendricks as the other left-armer the South African selectors "are looking at," but after his 0 for 50 in three overs on Wednesday evening, they may be looking more at Parnell.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Brokensaint on February 20, 2016, 7:09 GMT

    parnell was given hordes of chances to perform but he failed to make that step up. barring injuries to the like of Wiese and morris I cannot see anyone displacing morris or Wiese. they are performing at crucial times that's a sign of talent and not would be talent.

  • Jed on February 19, 2016, 10:21 GMT

    Ridaa Gamieldien, you seem to not mention the reason why Morris and Weise have been given these oppertunity's. Parnell and McClaren in 2014/2015 season were to only 2 bowlers to go for more than 9 runs an over during the season. Parnell 85/1 vs India off 9 overs Parnell 66/0 vs Aus off 7 overs In the same match McClaren 2/64 off 9 Parnell 34/0 vs Sri Lanka off 4 overs McClaren 53/1 vs Zim off 6 overs Parnell always had the talent but at the end he struggled to peform consistantly against quality opposition game in and game out. Between Parnell and McClaren over 100 ODI were played and I can not remember one occasion when they bailed us out with the bat as Morris and Wiese did against England and combined they have less than 20 ODI caps. Morris and Wiese deserve a decent run. They both have secured big IPL contracts so they must be doing something right? Can we say the same for Parnell?

  • Thabang on February 19, 2016, 9:45 GMT

    Guys like Parnell,JP,Albie really get me angry sometime because they are so talented but just don not really perform consistently enough to exploit that god given talent, I like all of them but how many chances are they going to get before we start looking someplace else.

  • Sathesh Krishnan on February 19, 2016, 2:37 GMT

    When SA have all rounders of the class of David Wiese and Chris Morris no need to promote this mediocre player. If Wiese/Morris got the same amount of opportunities as Parnell they would've gone from strength to strength and won several matches for SA by this time. SA have persisted with mediocre players like JP, Parnell, Robin Petersen for long long time and justified their spots in the team. Its pathetic selection combined with quota policies that projected these players above their caliber or stats. They never deserved a place in playing eleven.

  •   Ridaa Gamieldien on February 18, 2016, 20:10 GMT

    Vallemj odi matches also count as list a matches (you knew that right) so it's not really a fair comparison because the majority of his list a matches are Odis and despite Parnell playing a much larger proportion of his list a matches at the higher level odi level he doesn't do badly. Secondly to be fair we could compare Parnell to the other 2 after the same no of Odis but we both know Parnell wins that comparison

  • Lesley on February 18, 2016, 19:17 GMT

    What great potential. He was earmarked as the next KALLIS but then life happened.

  • Blessing on February 18, 2016, 14:50 GMT

    Much like Ablie Morkel, numerous chances but has flattered to deceive. The only positive counting towards Parnell is that he is still 26.

  • Steve on February 18, 2016, 14:30 GMT

    How many chances does Parnell get?

  • Ryard on February 18, 2016, 13:43 GMT

    Parnell, not again. Yes most South African have the same sentiment and this is not without due reasons. There has been the odd occassion here and there where as Domingo says he has the X Factor, but too far and too few rather than single handedly losing us many games due to his poor performance and dont give a damn attitude and reckless descision making. Not too sure why coaches and selectors are still backing him, nobody else in South Africa is....

  • Clement on February 18, 2016, 12:46 GMT

    @RIDAA GAMIELDIEN Like TJP1000 said, it is about consistency. You cannot bank on Parnell. Playing him is like gambling - when it pays off you cash in big time. He will snag 2 or 3 match winning wickets, but when he is bad he is as poor as they come. That is excluding the injuries he keeps giving himself in the search for more pace. What good is he if he can't finish a day's play? And there is no excuse for inconsistency. If he works hard and focuses, he can become a better cricketer. Also, Morris and Wiese are not going to score centuries. They aren't that good, but having a bowler at 7 or 8 who can clear the boundary at the end of the innings is incredibly handy.

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