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Donald is concerned about the growing number of cricket matches played in a season
South Africa bowling coach Allan Donald believes the amount of cricket being played nowadays is “absolutely outrageous” and is responsible for cricketers succumbing to injuries more frequently and reducing the length of their careers as well.
“Look at the volume of cricket that is being play these days, it’s absolutely outrageous,” Donald said. “We simply know from the South African point of view that we can’t afford to play Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel in all three formats of the game. I think we have seen youngsters who are flying through the ranks.
“What it does is it fast tracks a lot of good young bowlers or batsmen very quickly into the game. It’s just that the skill level doesn’t stands still for no one. You need to adapt very quickly. At the moment, we have Chris Morris, who has just come onto the scene. He is doing exceptionally well for Chennai. Before a Test series ends, you start thinking of T20s and ODIs. So, it’s tough for a cricketer but at the same time, you need to adapt quickly.”
Donald, who is also the coach of the Pune Warriors, noted that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is an outstanding tournament which allows youngsters to prove themselves against some of the top names in international cricket.
“It’s a wonderful concept,” Donald said. “I have great admiration for how skill level of players has improved over the last six editions. What the IPL has done, what the T20 cricket has done for Test cricket, it’s something quite extra-ordinary.
“I think that’s what you see, you see fantastic Test matches; run-rates have gone through the roof. It’s fantastic for Test cricket. It’s good for the format and that’s why Test cricket these days are so exciting to watch.”
The Proteas’ bowling coach also pointed out that death bowling has significantly improved due to Twenty20 cricket.
“I think, T20 bowling has improved, I really do, gone are the days where you sit in a team meeting and go through the motions,” he said. “Bowling under death overs and being smart under pressure has really improved.”
During his tenure as coach of Pune, Donald noted that India pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has become miles better from where he was last year.
“I have got a great admiration for Bhuvi,” Donald said. “I think from last year where he was making his mark in the Pune Warriors to where he is now. He has got tremendous skill as a bowler. He is an asset to us.”