Got to rework strategy against wrist spin: JP

Kuldeep Yadav

Calcutta: JP Duminy admitted that South Africa need to go back to the drawing board and rework their strategy to counter India's wrist-spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, both of whom bamboozled them for the third time on the trot in the ongoing ODI series.

"What they've done really well is assess the conditions in terms of what they need to do, what sort of speed and length they need to bowl. They (Chahal and Yadav) haven't made it easy for us to get the ones even," Duminy said after South Africa's defeat in the third ODI in Cape Town on Wednesday.

"A lot of us have not picked their wrong 'uns. We've not been good enough. They've bowled well enough not to let us play according to our game plan.

"We've got to rework our strategy against them and come up with different ways of countering them. They've outplayed us in all departments," Duminy added.

The left-hander accepted that South Africa batsmen are finding it extremely difficult to pick Chahal and Kuldeep. "We've just got to find a way to counter them. The key is definitely to try and be positive, but unfortunately on a few occasions, we haven't picked the wrong 'uns.

"When you are not picking their wrong 'uns, you are not necessarily comfortable. Once you become comfortable with picking their deliveries, that's when you can play with confidence," Duminy said.

Duminy, however, believes the series is not over yet for South Africa and that the hosts would need to do some series thinking before the fourth ODI. "I think there should be a plan.

"There's no doubt that we will reconvene after this game and break down where we are going wrong. It's pretty obvious that we haven't played their spinners well enough," he said. "The series is not lost yet and that should be a big enough motivator for us."

Before Chahal and Yadav again spun the Proteas out of the game, Duminy and captain Aiden Markram put on 78 for the second wicket as the hosts were still in the game then. But Markram's dismissal triggered yet another collapse.

In what could be a boost to the beleaguered South Africans, AB de Villiers, as expected, returned to the squad for the last three ODIs. However, a call on his availability for the fourth game in Johannesburg on Saturday will only be taken after he is assessed at Friday's practice.

"Having AB back is going to be a massive boost.

"He will bring confidence to the team and his leadership within the group will add a lot of value as well," Duminy said.


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