Domingo first wants to check Mohali pitch


South Africa coach Russell Domingo admits he will only have a better idea of the team composition for the first Test against India once he inspects the conditions at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali.

The Proteas wrapped up their match preparation in the drawn two-day match against a Board President's XI on Sunday, and although beneficial, it was a tame test ahead of what is expected in the first of four Test matches.

Domingo said after the tour match: "The main thing for us to play a warm-up match is to get some time on our legs. We wanted the bowlers to get time on their legs and for the batsmen to get used to the conditions.

"We know that these conditions are nothing like we are going to face in the Test match but it was a good outing. We will need to see what the wicket is like.

"A lot of the rumours and media speculation has been around the wickets being very spin friendly, although Mohali doesn't have that reputation. We can't pre-empt, we will have a look once we get there."

AB de Villiers last played a Test match for South Africa in January this year, but made a near perfect transition to the red ball with a top score of 112.

Domingo said in praise of De Villiers: "He is probably the best player in the world at the moment and he is in a rich vein of form.

"The most important thing was getting himself back into Test mode. AB hasn't played a Test match since the West Indies series in January after missing the tour to Bangladesh and with us not playing many Tests this year.

"Batting for that long, leaving a few balls and scoring in certain areas was of paramount importance for him and fortunately he ticked those boxes."

The first Test starts on Thursday.