South Africa bank on IPL skills for India tour


South Africa hope their players’ experience in the Indian Premier League will enable them to turn the tables on their hosts at the start of a gruelling 10-week tour of India, coach Russell Domingo said Monday.

The tourists are due to play three Twenty20 internationals and five one-day matches up until October 25, before starting a four-Test series on November 5.

Ten members of their Twenty20 squad turn out for various franchises in the glitzy cash-rich IPL, and Domingo said that will benefit his wards.

“We are fortunate to have quite a few players who know Indian conditions because of the IPL,” Domingo told reporters in New Delhi. “They understand what is required to play in these conditions.

“We expect tough and uncompromising cricket during the tour. That is also how we play. The players are used to tough places.

“South Africa is not for sissies. We enjoy different cultures. We enjoy meeting and mixing with new and different people.”

South Africa have separate captains for all three formats, with Faf du Plessis leading them in Twenty20 cricket, AB de Villiers in one-day internationals and Hashim Amla in Tests.

Du Plessis insisted the arrangement worked perfectly for the Proteas.

“The three of us play all formats and when one is not the captain, we can enjoy cricket without the extra responsibility. This way we are always fresh.

“It has worked really well for us. It’s never been an issue, we continue to learn from each other and support each other.”

The three captains are among only six players who are part of all three squads, the others being all-rounder JP Duminy, leg-spinner Imran Tahir and 20-year-old fast bowler Kagiso Rabada.

Domingo justified the decision to rest pace spearheads Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel from the Twenty20 games to keep them fresh for the one-dayers and the Tests.

“It is going to be a long tour and we have to decide how to manage our players,” the coach said. “It is tough to be practising day in and day out. And at the same time it offers an opportunity to develop younger players.

“It is a win-win situation for us because it allows us to look at options and keep players fresh at the same time.”

The tourists will play a practice Twenty20 match in New Delhi on Tuesday before travelling to Dharamsala for the first T20 international on Friday.


Touring squads:

T20 squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Marchant de Lange, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Eddie Leie, David Miller, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Albie Morkel, Khaya Zondo.

ODI squad: AB de Villiers (capt), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Khaya Zondo, Dale Steyn.

Test squad: Hashim Amla (capt), AB de Villiers, Temba Bavuma, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Simon Harmer, Imran Tahir, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Vilas.