India in South Africa 2013-14 December 10, 2013

South Africa won't let up pace barrage

ESPNcricinfo staff

Russell Domingo, the South Africa coach, has said the manner in which the Indian batsmen struggled against pace in the first two one-day internationals had reinforced their plan of attack for the two-Test series. India were dismissed for 217 and 146 in Johannesburg and Wanderers; the batsmen struggling to cope with the speed, bounce and swing of South Africa's all-pace attack.

"It's a big advantage. We spoke at the beginning of the one-day series that we wanted to put doubt in their minds in terms of the way they play pace," Domingo said. "They have always had issues playing pace in South Africa and that is what history shows. I don't know what is going on in their minds at the moment."

South Africa did not think it necessary to play a spinner in the first two ODIs, and chose their attack from Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Wayne Parnell and allrounders Ryan Mclaren and Jacques Kallis.

"It (pace) is a South African strength. It is the way that we were brought up playing cricket," Domingo said. "Subcontinent sides will always turn to spin as an attacking option and South Africans will turn to pace because that is in our DNA. Having a four-pronged pace attack is important for us against a country like India in our conditions."

India were beaten by 141 runs on a fast and bouncy pitch at Wanderers but the surface at Kingsmead, where they lost by 134 runs, was not as menacing. Domingo said he would prefer pitches with more bounce and less lateral movement.

"Obviously the pitch we played on at Kingsmead on Sunday is not the type we want to play on," he said. It was a bit slower than we expected, a bit more suited to India, like the one on which we played Pakistan in Cape Town wasn't a pitch that we asked for because it was on the slow side.

"It depends on the weather conditions, what the square conditions are like, but it is very difficult to dictate to groundsmen what we are looking for. We not looking for lateral movement, but it would be nice to have pitches with pace and bounce."

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  • Sheik on December 11, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Fair enough - Russell Domingo.. You play to your strength and we play to ours - that's what makes cricket such a unique sport.. SA can claim all they want of their pace battery "in SA conditions".. it counts for nothing in Indian conditions(remember Chennai and Rajkot??) the same way - India can dish out tests in less than 3 days with their spinners in their own backyard... why is SA shy of playing in India these days? wasn't it their turn to tour since Ind toured SA in 2011? Are they afraid to let go of their #1 ranking? Pity it would've been their real test.. just like how our test was on SA soil 3 years ago as a #1 ranked team.

  • Sharad on December 10, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    SA should not disturb the 5 fast bowler strategy against India. These are fast juicy wickets. They should even play 5 fast bowlers against indians in india. India will collapse for sure. In 3rd odi SA can leave out Morkel and Kallis. They should play : Steyn, McLaren, Tsotsobe, Philander and Parnell. these fast bowlers will demolish indian batting once again in centurian. I think this is the best bowling line up in world. SA should look to play Miller at no3. He is a future batsman. India will loose for sure. Lets see if they are beaten by 150 runs once again. If so, then SA will become No2. odi team very quickly. There is noone in their competition except Australia. Their batting is also blossoming at right time. They should include Duplessis and Alviro Peterson in odi side. With 3 allrounders Philander, McLaren and Parnell SA can become No2 odi team again.

  • Umar on December 10, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    2-0 in tests for SA. Nothing else can be expected.

  • Siddarth on December 10, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    1st paragraph mentions 217 and 146 at Johannesburg and Wanderers. Both refer to the same ground!!! It should be The Wanderers and Durban!!!

  • des on December 10, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    I still have fond memories of the contest between Sachin and Steyn last tour. Two class players giving it everything.

    It's a pity De Lange is still coming back from injury, otherwise India would see real pace.

  • Naresh on December 10, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Indian batsman need feet movement against pace. By being stuck to their crease, it is as though the batsman are caught in the headlights of a car. Virat and Rohit can move. Sachin has this trigger movement which other Indians need to learn. Hand/eye coordination with no feet movement was best done by likes of Shewag.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    indians must back up.they have to stay for about 20-30 overs without the loss of more than 3 wickets,even if they are about 30 or 40 run short.but nobody is giving a try at that. they have to play with soft hands and get the singles and doubles and then launch towards the end just like south africans did.i am not expecting a win in the 3rd odi,but a nice try and prove that indians can survive pace and bounce.centurion is a paradise for fast bowlers.god save INDIA!!

  • Blaen on December 10, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Why should they let up? Of all the cricket venues in SA, Centurion is commonly agreed to be the home of SA cricket because it has bounce, pace and lateral movement. To succeed on this wicket, you need a flawless technique coupled with courage to face the moving ball and bowlers who want to bowl your head off.

    Historically, this pitch has been a graveyard for sub continent batters. If India are looking to stage a revival in the third ODI, they couldn't have chosen a worst venue to do so. Historically, this venue is a seamers paradise with no support for spinners.

    There is one bright spark though...this pitch has something for all types of seam bowlers. Mohammed Irfan caused havoc on this pitch so if he can do it, so can India. Some of those India bowlers just have to grow a spine and we might have a match on our hands. I would go with Shami, Buvi, Yadav, Ishant and Aswin to lead the bowling. Leave the batting as is.

  • Lineesh on December 10, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    This would be clean white wash in One Day as well as Test series. India can't perform against even a medium level team anywhere other than in India. Everybody knows what are India's weakness well than India and they play with that game plan and Indian players will end up in that. Defeat is admittable as most players has no experience in such type of pitches but the sad thing is nobody is trying to defend or to fight for the win. Also some batters like Raina and Yuvraj become a liability for India. Through the past many years Rains has proved that he is Indian continent player only (even that in some occasions only). Still we have to bear him. Yuvraj is out of form. Bowlers doesn't know how and where to bowl. These all together makes Indian defeat easy.

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