Lack of experience led to downfall: Domingo

South Africa coach terms Sri Lanka conditions tough for new players.


Reuters August 01, 2013
The Proteas currently have a lead of 19 rating points over India in the ICC Test rankings but have won just seven of their 18 ODIs in 2013 PHOTO: AFP

CAPE TOWN: South Africa coach Russell Domingo put the team’s disastrous 4-1 thrashing by Sri Lanka in a One-Day International (ODI) series this week down to a lack of experience in the limited-over side.

The Proteas currently have a lead of 19 rating points over India in the ICC Test rankings but have won just seven of their 18 ODIs in 2013 – one of which was against the Netherlands – and were woefully outclassed with bat and ball in Sri Lanka, the first tour for new head coach Domingo.

“We have a few players like [Farhaan] Behardien, [David] Miller and [Faf] Du Plessis who haven’t played ODI cricket in Sri Lanka before, so it was a massive learning curve for them,” said Domingo.

“Their inexperience in those positions show that we need to making sure we have the right personnel in those important positions for the conditions.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2013.

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