Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Proteas' Problems Are Piling Up Ahead of New Year Test

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Proteas' Problems Are Piling Up Ahead of New Year Test

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SOUTH Africa coach Russell Domingo admits his beaten side are beset by problems heading into the new year Test against England.

The Proteas sit on top of the ICC Test rankings, but their 241-run setback in the first Test at Durban took their winless streak to seven matches.

With just two days before the sides do battle again in Cape Town, Domingo has a number of serious issues on his plate.

Captain Hashim Amla is in a deep rut of form, star batsman AB de Villiers has indicated he is hoping to lessen his international workload, and premier paceman Dale Steyn seems certain to miss the next match with a shoulder injury.

"There is a lot that went wrong in this game," said a slightly shellshocked Domingo.

"There are a lot of questions about the batting line-up, about AB's retirement and Dale's injury so there is a lot going on.

"I think the important thing for our team is to stay a tight unit and keep the noise out if you possibly can. …

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