We will not go for three spinners all the time: SA coach

Updated: Feb 28, 2011, 00:01 AM IST

New Delhi: Fielding three spinners has paid rich dividends for South Africa in their World Cup opening match but bowling coach Vincent Barnes on Sunday said that his side will not use the same strategy all the time and bowling combination will depend on playing conditions.

"Obviously we got to look at the conditions in the matches coming up. We have got a couple of day matches, obviously morning and freshness of wicket do come into play," he said after the team training session here.

"Going forward, obviously it (playing three spinners) will be an option but that does not mean it would be the only option. We have one in Mohali which has a little more bounce.
Will look at the conditions. I can`t say that Peterson, Imran (Tahir) or Johan Botha ... it`s about getting the best of type for the conditions and look at the balance of the side," Barnes said.

South Africa opted for three spinners in the first match against West Indies at Ferozeshah Kotla where leg-spinner Imran Tahir took four for 41 while Botha claimed two for 48 to
help South Africa restrict their opponents to a modest total of 222 before winning the encounter by seven wickets. Robin Peterson was wicketless.

Asked about any strategy for bowling at the death, Barnes said, "The pitches in the series against India back home were a bit two-paced, little up and low. We did not get the yorkers
straightaway. We sort of figured out that we bowled good lengths to be more effective.

"In the end, we did not use the yorker lot more than we did. We practice as much as we can before coming to India. We are quite confident," he said.

On whether Tsotsobe will play tomorrow, Barnes did not give a direct reply but said the fast bowler will get his chance in the tournament.

"His role remains the same it was before. He is a very skillful bowler, the big advantage is that he is tall, gets good bounce. It`s unfortunate that he sat out in the last game, he is one of our best bowlers in the past six months. He’s come through nicely to one-day cricket. It`s just a pity that we had to keep somebody out and play three spinners.