Proteas hope Oz’s Starc is still a bit rusty


South Africa coach Russell Domingo is aware of the danger Australia paceman Mitchell Starc poses, but hopes that the quick takes a bit of time to shake off the rust after being injured since last November.

Starc has been out of competitive action since having ankle surgery six months ago, and the tri-series against the Proteas and the West Indies will see his return, and Domingo hopes he takes a while to warm up.

Domingo said of the 2015 World Cup MVP: "We've played him before, we know he's a quality bowler, a great reverse swing exponent, good with the new ball, good at the back end.

"But he's also come off quite a lengthy break as well, so it will probably take him a little bit of time to get back into his rhythm and find his pace again.

"But that's why you play, you want to play against the best sides in the world. It's an opportunity to improve our one-day ranking by playing a side ranked above us."

The coach also said that he'd encourage his players to embrace the fun side of the game a bit more, like the West Indies do, especially as the Caribbean sides currently hold three World titles (Under 19, Women's T20, Men's T20).

Domingo said: "West Indies have always played the game in a free-spirited way. They've got a bit of swagger, a bit of X-factor and maybe we can learn a few lessons from that.

"Maybe at times we do get too tense and they go about their business in a light-hearted way and perform when it counts."