“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.”

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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.”

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DEAN’S DE­LIGHT: Dean El­gar cel­e­brates his 200 on day 3 in Pre­to­ria.

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