Domingo noted that South Africa will always have a spinner in the squad
South Africa assistant coach Russell Domingo has completely ruled out the possibility of the national team going into the first Test against Australia with a full-fledged pace attack, stating that leg-spinner Imran Tahir will play as big of a role as the quick bowlers.
Despite the pitch at The Gabba in Brisbane being known as the ‘home for fast bowlers’, Domingo noted that South Africa would continue to use the lineup that won them their series against England over the summer.
“The balance of our side is important and with Jacques Kallis as a fourth seamer, I think we would always look to have a spinner in the team, gone are the days when a South African team goes without a spinner,” Domingo said.
South Africa’s vice-captain AB de Villiers agreed with Domingo’s views, and said: “I always like to have a spinner in the team, it changes the whole pace of the game. It’s always something to fall back on when things are not going your way.”
If Imran Tahir is to be included in the Test squad, then Rory Kleinveldt, who was recently called up to the national team, is highly unlikely to make his Test debut on November 9 at Brisbane.
Domingo noted that Kleinveldt still knew his role in the team and would be ready to make his debut at any time.
“There is no doubt that, if he is called on, he will perform,” Dominga added.
Domingo stated that Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel were training especially hard after a long break due to neither of them having bowled with a red ball since the end of the Test series against England in August.
“They have been playing a lot of cricket with the World T20 and the Champions League so it’s good for them to have a break, we’re not worried about the change from short format to long format. With Morne, especially, there’s not much change in the lengths he will bowl in ODIs and T20s compared to Tests,” Domingo said.