Domingo: No quotas specified for NZ series


South Africa coach Russell Domingo says he has not been notified about any specific racial quotas ahead of the Tests against New Zealand, and will pick his best XI regardless of race.

Cricket South Africa revealed a few weeks ago that they would start implementing quotas for the national team, but have apparently not done so yet, and will carry on as normal for the first Test in Durban on Friday.

A number of players of colour are natural picks anyway, with Hashim Amla and Kagiso Rabada not remotely considered 'quota players', and Domingo says the Proteas don't have a transformation target problem.

The coach said: "There has been nothing officially documented to me at the moment. We will continue to do what we have always done and that is pick our best XI players.

"We are fortunate that it hasn't been an issue for this particular team."

While quotas may not be a consideration officially, the bowling attack's composition is a thinker. Durban traditionally takes a bit more spin, so Dane Piedt is likely to get a place (incidentally filling another supposed quota spot in the process).

Domingo said: "We always want to lean towards playing a spinner. The wicket in Durban over the last five or six years has helped the spinners.

"Also, for the development of our team, it's important that we give the spinner the opportunity to try and settle into that position."

Pace-wise, Dale Steyn returns to the set up after stints in England and the CPL after being left out of the ODI side, and Domingo is please to see both Steyn and Vernon Philander returning.

He added: "Welcoming Dale and Vernon back after a long time with their experience, to go with the excitement of Rabada, is good for us.

"We are very glad to have Dale back. He gives the side a lot of confidence and a lot of belief. Also, it puts the opposition under a bit of pressure, knowing that Dale Steyn is in the line-up."