We definitely missed our experienced players, says Russell Domingo

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Domingo believes the outcome of the series could have been very different if all his experienced players had been fit

South Africa coach Russell Domingo has admitted that the Proteas definitely missed their senior and more experienced players during their recent tour of Sri Lanka, in which they were comprehensively beaten 4-1 in the ODI series.

Domingo added that the outcome of the series could have been very different if Test captain Graeme Smith, veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis and pace spearhead Dale Steyn had all been fit.

“We need to manage guys like Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis,” he said. “We also need their input in our one-day system. Their unavailability for this tour has shown up through the lack of experience we have had.

“I need to have discussions with these players and then decide on which players we want to take forward to Dubai.”

With South Africa only having won one ODI out of the five-match series, it raised huge questions amongst the cricketing community about their chances of winning future ODI series and the World Cup in 2015.

“Everyone knew it was going to be a tough start,” Domingo said. “If you look at the history between South Africa and Sri Lanka, particularly in Sri Lanka, some more experienced sides (have been there) from South Africa and have been turned over so we knew it was going to be a tough series.”

Domingo also conceded that his side had been outplayed in all three departments and that the middle order batsmen had consistently failed to put up a good performance.

“We have a few players like Behardien, Miller and Du Plessis who haven’t played ODI cricket in Sri Lanka before, so it was a massive learning curve for them,” he said. “Their inexperience in those positions was shown and those are things we need to consider for future tours on the sub-continent, making sure we have the right personnel in those important positions for the conditions.”

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