Domingo monitors ICC developments

The proposed changes at the ICC could impact on the Proteas' plans for future tours.

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JOHANNESBURG - Proteas coach Russell Domingo says he will be keeping a close eye on what is happening with the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the Proteas prepare for future tours.

Members of the ICC were involved in discussions over the new proposal put forward by the boards of England, Australia and India which will see the three take control of the sport globally.

Major issues include far-reaching structural, governance and financial changes to the ICC.

Domingo admits that heading into the series against Australia, the team is keeping tabs on the outcome.

"I've just been talking to Doc [team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee], and we need to try and figure out what's happening with our schedule for the year. There's talk of us maybe going to Sri Lanka in July, and on a Zimbabwean tour. But there are also players that will sign up for county contracts, so we need to find out what's happening."

Speaking on the series against Australia, Domingo has given Robin Peterson his backing following comments by some of the Aussie team that they were going to target the left-arm spinner.

"Robin is mentally one of the toughest competitors I've ever worked with. People have always written him off and criticised him for various things, but whenever there are big series' or big moments in games, Robin always seem to do something for us, whether it's with bat or ball.

"He's had a lot of criticism in his career, but I've got a lot of confidence in him and his ability to deal with the type of comments the opposition are making."

Domingo added he has an idea of who his first eleven will be for the first Test against Australia. However, he is also opening himself up to change his mind as outside factors come into consideration.

"I have a pretty clear idea, but we obviously need to look at the conditions in Pretoria. For us to settle on an eleven a week before a Test match would be unwise until we've seen the match conditions.

"We'll leave our options open, because we have three days of preparation still to go. We'll take a few factors into account like the weather, the pitch, the form of players, and make a decision from there."

Domingo has also admitted he does not know why the Proteas have been so successful at Centurion in recent times, boasting an impressive record of fourteen wins out of eighteen matches at the venue.

"We seem to play well there. Maybe the nature of the wicket has changed a bit over the last few years, similar to Durban in that it has become a little bit slower. But I can't give you an answer as to why we've been so successful there."