'Protea batsmen need to take responsibility' - Domingo

The Proteas coach says his side is better than their 2-0 series deficit suggests.

Protea batsman Hashim Amla has not batted in the series against Sri Lanka due to injury. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Proteas coach Russell Domingo has conceded his team needs to improve ahead of their third one day international (ODI) against Sri Lanka.

The Proteas lost their second ODI in a row to the home team and a win in the next game is crucial if they want to bounce back with a series victory.

"We'll assess conditions when we get to our first training session on Thursday, but I think conditions are a little different to what they were in Colombo," Domingo said at the team hotel.

"It will be important for us to build on our improved performance in the last match and try to be more consistent in the next two games in Kandy."

The middle order imploded once again, and the Proteas struggled to make a decent total heading into the closing overs of the match.

"It's a tough one to explain," a disappointed Domingo remarked. "I suppose there are a few guys who are trying to find their way in ODI cricket and obviously not having Hashim (Amla) for the first two matches was a big blow for us."

In contrast, Morne Morkel has shown great qualities as the leader of the attack, and has been an astute role model highlighted by the way he has led through his performances on the field.

"Morne has been outstanding on and off the field," Domingo said. "He is a wonderful professional and has really led from the front in a relatively inexperienced bowling attack, especially considering that Chris Morris has only played four ODIs."