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Domingo lifts lid on Harmer decision

January 01, 2015 11:34:03 UK

South Africa coach Russell Domingo says the inclusion of Simon Harmer as an extra spinner in the New Year’s Test against West Indies is partly with the future in mind.

Uncapped 25-year-old off-spinner Harmer was added to the squad for the match in Cape Town as the Proteas took the option of selecting another slow bowler.

The Warriors player has bagged 221 first-class wickets in his career to make his way towards an international debut.

“He joined us for a day of the Port Elizabeth Test match,” explained Domingo.

It’s for the team to understand what he is about: see his bowling, see his development, then make the call as to whether to play him or not.

Russell Domingo

“We have a lot of cricket in the sub-continent these next few months so it’s good to get guys like that closer to the side.

“He’s been a good performer for the Warriors and the South African A side so it’s good to get to know him a little bit better.

“It’s for the team to understand what he is about: see his bowling, see his development, then make the call as to whether to play him or not.

“That is something I will need to discuss with the selectors but he is a guy we are looking closely at with the sub-continent in mind.”

South Africa may even opt to play Harmer – who also offers a strong batting option down the bottom of the order – instead of leg-spinner Imran Tahir for a match that will see Hashim Amla’s team retain their Test urn if they avoid defeat.

South Africa areĀ 1.22 to win the Third Test, the West Indies areĀ 19.00 and the draw is 5.50.

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