Proteas fired up



November 23, 2016
Proteas fired up

ON A HIGH: Rampant Proteas

SA fuelled by scandal fury.

Proteas coach Russell Domingo says his team is fired up ahead of the final Test against Australia after the Faf du Plessis’ “Mint-gate” scandal.

The build-up to the match has been marred by several off-field disruptions, including Faf’s fine and Oz media harassing players.

And while Domingo admits that the preparation hasn’t been “ideal”, the squad is determined to finish the tour off on a high in Adelaide.

It definitely would be sweet to rub the Aussies’ gevriete in the whitewash.

The boss says: “It’s been an interesting few days. We have had a wonderful tour here and we have played great cricket.

“We have had long discussions and our focus now is purely on cricket.

“Our focus is entirely on the Test match that is coming ahead.

“The way we have been playing and the way we have carried ourselves, not just this tour but on previous tours where we have been under the pump; we have been to India which was a tough tour but the team’s dignity was upheld at all times.

“The team conducted themselves in a professional manner and we have always been a tightly-knit unit. Hopefully this incident does galvanise the team more.”

Domingo also believes that his Proteas are up for their first-ever pink ball Test now, after complaining about it at first.

He adds: “That’s the attitude we are going into the match with, it’s just another ball.

“We are the first South African team to play a day-night Test match, we have a great opportunity to beat Australia 3-0 for the first time in the history back home.

“That is what our focus is on at the moment, we are not too concerned whether it’s pink, white or red, we want to play the Test match.”

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