“If you are not on the money right away, these boys will cut you to pieces. Guys like AB (de Villiers) and (Tillakaratne) Dilshan will lap you, even at 140km an hour, if you get your lines wrong.”
how to squeeze guys out at the death, moving the ball both ways.”
He says the Proteas have learnt some harsh lessons whilst in Sri Lanka.
“They saw the other day, what happens when a quality batsman is set, and the ball is not doing anything in the air.”
Donald said there can be an intimidation factor, when bowling to the likes of Kumar Sangakkara in full flight.
“Of course there is. I had it bowling to a Brian Lara or Sachin Tendulkar. But that’s why we are here, so the guys can understand what to do in those situations.”
Donald, the speedster turned mountaineer, admits that it will be a tricky climb, and the team will fall at times, but it’s vital to stick at it.
“Of course, we will lose some games. But we have to look at the bigger picture, and take heed of those lessons. You cannot stand still in this game, because the rest will leave you behind.”
DEAN’S DELIGHT: Dean Elgar celebrates his 200 on day 3 in Pretoria.