Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Donald seeks Proteas competition

New South Africa bowling coach Allan Donald feels it is vital for the team's progress that there is plenty of competition for places.

The fast bowling legend was recently appointed into the role by new head coach Gary Kirsten – who is a former team-mate of Donald.

Donald is arguably South Africa's finest pace bowler of all time, with 330 Test wickets and 272 ODI scalps to his name. Those looking at the cricket betting will wonder if he can inspire the nation's bowlers to match his feats.

The 44-year-old, who had previously been working with New Zealand, seemed like the perfect choice for the role and he already has big plans for the Proteas bowlers.

The former Warwickshire paceman will be working with the first and fourth best players in the Test rankings, in Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

Despite the duo's fine recent record in the five-day game, Donald says there are things with their “mindset” that can be “worked on”. Despite their already intimidating style, Donald wants Styen and Morkel to be part of an attack that is “cocky and arrogant in all the right ways”.

The new bowling coach is keen for the strike bowlers not to get too comfortable and is seeking the young players to stake their claim for a regular place in the squad.

Donald told Cricinfo: "I want the younger guys to punch a hole into the line up and not just sit and wait for their turn."

The Proteas will begin their new era under Kirsten in October, when they welcome Australia to South Africa. The two teams will do battle in two T20 internationals, three ODIs and two Tests.

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