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Sep 09, 2013 at 05:36pm IST

South Africa Test team picks itself: Allan Donald

Johannesburg: The world No. 1 Test side faces a busy Test season ahead, but the team's bowling coach Allan Doland isn't worried about the selection of the squad that he says "picks itself".

"The Test team picks itself, you're not going to see too many changes there," Donald told Sport24 in Johannesburg on Sunday. "But it's the old thing with injuries and our youngsters need to be ready to play."

South Africa's bowlers, led by Dale Steyn, and batsmen, led by Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis, helped the side reach top of ICC Test rankings by knocking out England. Donald had no doubt that these stalwarts will continue to lay the foundation of a solid performance in the season ahead.

South Africa Test team picks itself: Allan Donald

Allan Donald is the current bowling coach of the South Africa team. (Getty Images)

"The main thing is to keep the Test boys - Dale, Morne, the old man Jacques [Kallis] - mentally and physically fresh. We've risen to world number one, and the challenge now is maintaining it. It's not putting us under pressure; it's just the standards this unbelievable team sets. That's why we got there," the former South Africa pacer said.

As a bowling coach, Donald is particularly impressed with the young Beuran Hendricks and Wayne Parnell. Hendricks registered match figures of 11 for 63 in the unofficial Test between South Africa A and India A in Pretoria last month.

"I was very impressed with Beuran against India. I was there that last day when he got his '10-for'. I'll keep an eye on that youngster. I think he's progressing very quickly. Wayne is stepping up now too [after recovering from a groin injury]."

Before India visits South Africa for a Test tour, the Proteas will play two Tests, five ODIs and two T20s against Pakistan from October 14th - November 15th, in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. "We need to make sure we don't go into the Pakistan series underdone. The guys, though, have worked really hard in the off season," said Donald.

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