Domingo backs Parnell despite poor performance

Russell Domingo told EWN Sport that Parnell will still play a crucial part for the team during the World Cup.

FILE: Proteas coach, Russell Domingo. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas coach Russell Domingo says that the team has rallied around Wayne Parnell and they're backing him to bounce back from his poor performance against India on Sunday, to play a crucial part in the rest of their World Cup campaign.

South Africa play West Indies in Sydney tomorrow.

Parnell made 17 not out with the bat but finished with bowling figures of 1 for 85 from 9 overs.

Crucially though, Shikhar Dhawan was dropped off his bowling by Hashim Amla before he went on to make 137.

And Domingo told EWN Sport that the amount of criticism leveled against him, particularly from the public, is par for the course.

"It's such a fine line, such a small margin teams experience failure. Unfortunately, we first admit that he didn't bowl well as he could have, particularly in his last three overs. But I thought he bowled really well in his first three to four overs and things just didn't go his way. And look that's the nature of sport."

Domingo told EWN Sport that Parnell will still play a crucial part in any future success of the Proteas team at this tournament.

"You've got to be mentally tough and I think the support down the way has been really good for the last couple of days. I think it's important to support him because whether he plays tomorrow or not he's still going to play a big role for us in this World Cup at some stage.

"He really needs the support and the guidance from senior players and management at the moment."

INJURIES CONCERNS

Domingo said that they're sweating over the fitness of another player ahead of tomorrow's clash against the Windies.

He did not want to reveal which player it is.

Vernon Philander has already been ruled out of the match with a hamstring strain sustained in their heavy loss to India.

The Proteas go into tomorrow's game currently fourth in Pool B after two games behind Ireland but come off the back of a 4-1 ODI series win against the Windies here in South Africa.

Domingo says they will wait until shortly before the game to make a decision on the player's fitness.

"We've got one or two injury concerns that we will need to look at today and make the call tomorrow morning. We can't say too much about it at the moment but we are worried. Just need to check the situation and make the call tomorrow morning."

Domingo says that they will miss Philander's contribution opening the attack.

"He is a blow for us but look fortunately we've got a good squad of players and injuries are bound to happen and I'm confident that the guy who's going to replace him can do a great job."

GAYLE NOT A THREAT

Amla meanwhile is playing down the danger Chris Gayle's poses to South Africa.

Gayle scored a double ton against the Zimbabwe earlier this week.

Amla says they have their own explosive players who can get runs.

"Our batters are also good. I suppose it's going to be an entertaining game. We've got explosive cricketers."

He says the Windies batting line-up is threatening.

"They bat quite long and I think they have Sammy at seven, Russell at eight and you know those are guys who can hit the ball long way and they are quite dangerous. So I think their batting is quite explosive and the bowling front as well.

"So on a day they can tear the opposition apart but on other days the opposition can put them under pressure."

Tomorrow's game starts at 530am.

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