Russell Domingo says South Africa can only take positives from the drawn second Test in Cape Town.
South Africa drew the New Year’s Test with England in dramatic fashion after conceding 629 runs in the first innings. They replied with 627, led superbly by Hashim Amla with a fighting double hundred and Temba Bavuma becoming the first black African to score a Test century for South Africa.
Dale Steyn has a 50/50 chance of being fit for the third Test against England while Vernon Philander has been ruled out of the rest of the series.
Kyle Abbott has also fully recovered after missing out on the Newlands Test and will be considered for selection. Steyn will see another shoulder specialist on Thursday in Cape Town and will be assessed when the squad assembles in Johannesburg on Monday.
Domingo said he was proud of the team’s performance after the heavy defeat in Durban.
‘After the first day and a half, a lot was being written and said; people were laughing and making jokes,’ Domingo said.
‘You have to understand there were three bowlers out there trying their hardest. [Chris] Morris playing his Test debut, Dane Piedt playing his fourth Test, Kagiso Rabada playing his fourth Test and Morne Morkel, who has bowled a hell of a lot of overs over the last couple of weeks.
‘He is in the red zone in terms of work load, so for us to show the type of resilience and fight with the bat was phenomenal because over the last couple of weeks we’ve actually really bowled well and struggled with the bat. But during this Test our batters came to the party and helped our bowlers out so I’m immensely proud by the way we’ve carried ourselves over the last three and a half days, being under pressure having lost the first Test and being blown away by Ben Stokes.
‘We can only take positives from here and going to Johannesburg our confidence levels will be vastly improved from where they were when the second Test started.’