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

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New Delhi, Feb 27 (PTI) Fielding three spinners has paidrich dividends for South Africa in their World Cup openingmatch but bowling coach Vincent Barnes today said that hisside will not use the same strategy all the time and bowlingcombination will depend on playing conditions.

"Obviously we got to look at the conditions in thematches 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 onlyoption. 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 typefor the conditions and look at the balance of the side,"Barnes said.

South Africa opted for three spinners in the first matchagainst West Indies at Ferozeshah Kotla where leg-spinnerImran Tahir took four for 41 while Botha claimed two for 48 tohelp South Africa restrict their opponents to a modest totalof 222 before winning the encounter by seven wickets. RobinPeterson was wicketless.

Asked about any strategy for bowling at the death, Barnessaid, "The pitches in the series against India back home werea bit two-paced, little up and low. We did not get the yorkersstraightaway. We sort of figured out that we bowled goodlengths to be more effective.

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

On whether Tsotsobe will play tomorrow, Barnes did notgive a direct reply but said the fast bowler will get hischance in the tournament.

"His role remains the same it was before. He is a veryskillful bowler, the big advantage is that he is tall, getsgood bounce. It''s unfortunate that he sat out in the lastgame, 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 pitythat we had to keep somebody out and play three spinners. PTICM PDS

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