JP Duminy says there is a “plan in place” for the Proteas’ ODI batting lineup ahead of the World Cup.
The Proteas’ new white-ball batting coach was speaking ahead of the second ODI against the West Indies at Buffalo Park in East London on Saturday (1pm). The first match at the same venue on Thursday was rained out.
Duminy said there would have been “one or two” Proteas debutants on Thursday had the match gone ahead and hinted that that lineup wouldn’t change for Saturday.
“There is a plan in place, but from time to time we’re going to have to shuffle and there might be a fork in the road and we’ll need to go in a different direction, but I think if we can communicate well within the group, ultimately that’s the important part,” he said.
“How we execute it is also going to be important, but the plan needs to be in place. Yes, it has thrown a spanner in the works after the first game [was abandoned], but we’ll just have to shuffle things around going forward in the next few games.
“It’s important to note that we have the skillset and the makeup in the top six or seven, no matter who is in the lineup.
“Now it’s about trying to understand the gameplan and identity we’re trying to form, and that’s a continuous journey and discussion.
“We’ll be playing in different conditions against different opposition, so if we can bring those conversations to the fore regularly and make good decisions more often, that gives us a high percentage of execution and I believe we’re heading in the right direction.
“At the end of the day, it’s about a collaborative effort in terms of aligning with the team gameplan.”