Baseball-guru to join Proteas

2011-06-23 15:20
Mike Young (File)
Cape Town - Mike Young, a former baseball player and manager, is set to join the Proteas as a part-time fielding consultant.

This comes after newly elected South African coach, Gary Kirsten, also appointed world renowned sports psychologist, Paddy Upton on a part-time basis.

Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola confirmed the appointments to the website, ESPNcricinfo. "It is correct that both of them will be part of Gary's (Kirsten) team," said Majola.

Young first became involved in cricket in 2000, when he was approached by Australia to assist them with fielding. He spent five years with the Aussies, also on a part-time basis, but his contract was not renewed in 2005.

He worked together with Kirsten at India for six weeks from December 2010 and has also been a consultant to the IPL franchise, Deccan Chargers.

Young's appointment thus ends recent speculation that former South African fielding great, Jonty Rhodes, will be used as a fielding coach by the South Africans.

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