Johannesburg – South Africa coach Russell Domingo believes his team is “one of seven or eight” that can win the ICC World T20, despite suffering a hiding at the hands of Australia in Centurion on Friday night to lose their T20 series 2-0.
The Proteas leave for Bangladesh on Saturday and play two warm-up games against Bangladesh A and Pakistan before opening their World T20 campaign against Asia Cup champions Sri Lanka on March 22.
“There are seven or eight teams that can win the T20 World Cup and we're one of them,” Domingo told a press conference in Centurion after the loss to Australia by six wickets with five overs to spare.
“It's not a bad way to go into the tournament because the pressure won't be there of being one of a couple of obvious favourites.
“We need a couple of players to do well, to have outstanding tournaments, and for the team to do well in the big moments and then we'll be right in contention.”
Domingo brushed off concerns that South Africa's performances against Australia were indicative of a loss of confidence in the team.
“We've played good T20 cricket in the last year-and-a bit so there's no need to make drastic changes.
“T20 cricket does have a lot to do with confidence, but we've been to world cups before extremely confident .”
The coach said the return of injured fast bowlers Dale Steyn (hamstring) and Morne Morkel (shoulder) would make a huge difference to the side.
Both pacemen are expected to be fit for South Africa's warm-up games in Bangladesh.
“This series has provided some answers for us. It has shown the impact of not having Dale and Morne.
“You can't buy that quality and experience and it has highlighted how important they are.”
The coach said they would “not be losing any sleep” over the decline in the fielding standards of the team because “we have always been a quality fielding unit”. – Sapa