Ahead of India Tests, South Africa Great Advises England

South Africa great Allan Donald says, “Pitching full-length deliveries, attacking the stumps, and setting straighter field placements should be the mantra for England pacers when they counter a star-studded Indian batting line-up during the upcoming Test series.” Donald had toured India in 1996 and in 1999–00. On the second occasion, South Africa managed to blank India 2-0 with a four-pronged pace attack comprising Donald himself, Shaun Pollock, Nantie Hayward, and Jacques Kallis, making life miserable for Indian batters. Donald, in fact, had dismissed Rahul Dravid at Wankhede Stadium and Sachin Tendulkar at Chinnaswamy Stadium during that series.
An acclaimed bowling coach now, Donald was asked what could potentially work for the likes of James Anderson, Ollie Robinson, and co. during the next five weeks, and he narrated what they did during the 1999-2000 series. During an interaction arranged by SA20, Donald said, "Our mindset was always to attack when Hansie Cronje was captain. Coach (late) Bob Woolmer obviously had more Indian experience than we ever did because he played a fair bit, he coached there, and he understood the mindset, the Indian mindset, and the mentality.”
"The first thing we always talked about was the importance of the first 25 to 30 overs with a new ball. And the length was always going to be slightly fuller, attacking the stumps, setting straight fields almost straight away."
He explained, "We knew that there wasn't going to be much carry in the pitches, so bringing the stumps into play for almost every ball is important. And if there is a bit of swing, that's the only thing that you've got to work with in a short space of time.”

Jan 21, 2024 9:16 AM