Durban: South Africa coach Russel Domingo said that it will be a foolish thing to “write off the Indian bowling attack” as the pitch at Kingsmead isn’t exactly to the liking of the home team as they square off in the series decider today. “Everyone writes them off, but they are very skilful bowlers. When bowlers from the sub-continent come here, they get excited about bowling in South Africa. But they have already developed their skills playing on non-helpful wickets,” Domingo said at a press conference here today.
“In that light, the Indian medium-pacers are like the Pakistan attack, very skilful and threatening in such conditions. Their spin bowlers are also very clever. They have subtle changes of pace and bounce, lots of variations, and they use the crease in different ways,” he added.
The coach said that his team is ready to move on from the drawn last Test where they almost chased an improbable target of 458 runs.”We have got to move on. Sure, it would have been a romantic story to have won it. But it’s all done and dusted now, and we have to start again tomorrow. India can take a lot of positives from there and so can we. It will be two very balanced sides will be playing this Test match,” he opined.
The pitch here at Durban had behaved significantly differently during the ODI series, especially in comparison to the Johannesburg wicket.And it seems to be the case this time as well. “The pitch here looks pretty dry and it is probably not what we were expecting,” said Domingo.
“The groundsmen at different venues don’t really seek our opinion. The curators are all professionals and we trust their work here. But it will probably not be a 180-all out game but a high-scoring one. Over the last five-six years, the nature of the Kingsmead pitch has changed”.
“I am guessing the pitch will be a lot slower than we are accustomed to. So, I am not sure the conditions will really benefit us,” he added.The hosts have to decide about their bowling combination, as they are yet to take a call on Morne Morkel’s fitness. The fast bowler had twisted his ankle in the first Test.
“He seems to be okay. I haven’t chatted to the physiotherapist Brandon Jackson but just briefly chatting to Morne, he seems to be fine so that’s good news for us,” said Domingo.