Proteas coach warns against underestimating 'dangerous' Black Caps in T20 series clash

Johannesburg, (ANI): Proteas coach Russell Domingo has said that while his players may well be entering their three-match T20 series against New Zealand as overwhelming favourites, there would be no underestimating the tourist's abilities.

New Zealand have brought a relatively inexperienced squad to South Africa with five uncapped players but the team showed that they would not be pushovers after they beat South Africa 'A' by 24 runs in a T20 warm-up match on Tuesday.

Domingo, who is standing in for regular coach Gary Kirsten, said that New Zealand's win over South Africa 'A' showed what the Black Caps are capable of, Sport24 reports.

"There was never going to be an issue of complacency because New Zealand are a dangerous side. In my mind yesterday's result has very little bearing on what will happen (in the series) because we knew New Zealand would be tough opposition for us" Domingo said.

"We were probably fortunate to win our T20 series in New Zealand (earlier this year). We were one-all and at the last game at Eden Park they needed 14 off 19 balls and they ended up losing the game. It was a series that they probably should have won. We know that there is very little between the two sides, particularly in this format of the game," he added.

Domingo said that one of team management's aims was to tap into the success of the Test team in an effort to boost the Proteas' limited-overs form.

"The Test culture that has developed over the last few years is something that we are striving to take through into the shorter formats. It's not going to happen overnight, it is not something that we can do over three or four days," he said.

"It will be a process but we are feeding it through in small drips at the moment. We are trying to incorporate bits of the Test side while also doing some things a little bit differently because it is a different group of players, you need to manage the younger players differently," he added.

"The longer we have together, the more information we will be able to provide these younger guys as to how things run in the national side," he concluded.


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