Russell Domingo says India will seriously test the South African national team when the month-long series gets under way in Johannesburg on Thursday. After losing 2-1 in the ODI series against Pakistan last week, the Proteas coach knows high-flying India will be tough nuts to crack. (Click here for full coverage of India's tour of South Africa)
"It's a big gauge for us," Domingo said ahead of his team's training session at the Wanderers stadium on Tuesday. "We have won five of our last eight ODI's so we are heading in the right direction, there is no doubt about that. We know India is going to be a tough assignment for us, they are coming off outstanding performances albeit in Indian conditions, but we are really looking forward to it," he said.
Domingo took over the national team in August after Gary Kirsten declined to extend his contract due to personal reasons. The 38-year-old is the first person of colour to take charge of the national team and is aiming to build on a team that became No. 1 in Tests under Kirsten. The India series, he reckons, will prove if South Africa are headed the right way with the 2015 World Cup in mind. "We need to see where we are going and if we are going in the right direction," Domingo said.