Donald: We are very eager to get on with it

2015 World Cup

South Africa bowling coach Allan Donald says he can feel the excitement and intensity building up ahead of their opening World Cup clash against Zimbabwe in Hamilton on Sunday.

The Proteas had a four hour net session in Hamilton on Friday, working on every aspect of the game, as they want to leave no stone in their preparations.

Donald said: "I remember getting on the bus at Christchurch and AB (De Villiers) just said 'now is the time to lock in."Everyone is excited, especially arriving at the ground for this training session today.

"We know it is right on the doorstep now and we are very eager to get on with it."

The South Africans know that the Zimbabweans can be a dangerous outfit on their day, but Donald feels the Proteas trip to play against their African neighbours last August gave them some valuable insight.

Donald added: "We did some homework, had good meetings over the last couple of days, especially this morning strategizing around that. That was a good little exercise in Zimbabwe; we know we are going to face a lot of spin, they base their cricket around that.

"They have some dangerous players like Williams and Masakadza to name a few. That's really what we expect from Zimbabwe, tough and gritty, they find a way. They are a team that never sort of goes away."

Batsman Farhaan Behardien remains the only injury concern for the squad following a tight lower back injury sustained earlier in the week.