Domingo: Kane and Guptill key for Kiwis


South Africa head coach Russell Domingo has stated the fairly obvious in saying that the Proteas must get rid of New Zealand batsmen Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill as quickly as possible in the ODI series.

The Proteas and the Black Caps will play three ODIs, with the T20 series drawn at one all, and skipper Williamson and opener Guptill are the biggest dangers to the hosts' chances of success.

Guptill scored a vital 60 in the second T20, which made sure there were enough runs on the board for a 32-run win, while Williamson was the leading run-scorer in the ODIs against Zimbabwe last month.

Domingo said in the Cape Argus: "They seem to be reliant on Williamson and Guptill at the top of the order. Every time we get them out there seems to be a wobble with their middle order.

"If we execute our plans well against those two, then hopefully we can nullify the positive approach they have in the middle overs."

The first ODI will be played at Centurion, where the second T20 was played, and Domingo hopes none of his players do themselves an injury on Wednesday. The outfield was hard and dry on the weekend, with a few knees being jammed into the turf.

Domingo said of the SuperSport Park outfield: "It looked like anyone could break a leg.

"For safety purposes it wasn't great. We are aware of them now and need to be smarter in the field. I don't think sliding at this time of the year is a good option."