Cape Town - Coach Russell Domingo has concerns over the Proteas' lower order batting ahead of the four-match Test series against England starting on Boxing Day.
So, he has called in some help.
It comes in the form of one of the best lower order batsman to ever have represented the Proteas - Lance Klusener.
Now coaching the Dolphins, Klusener will join the Proteas camp this week with the very specific role of mentoring the Proteas tail.
"We see our lower order as being potentially an area where
we need to work on," said Domingo.
"Our batters at 8, 9, 10 and 11 … I don’t think we’re
blessed with the all-rounders of the past. We used to have Klusener batting at
8, (Shaun) Pollock at 9 … a Nicky Boje at 10.
"Our tail is a little bit exposed at the moment so I’ve
asked Lance Klusener to join us for this Test match … for the next couple of
"His particular role will be to work with the lower order batters as a guy
whose batted a lot in those positions at international level, to pass some of
those ideas onto our lower order.
"It also just gives our lower order a sense of
purpose and a sense of direction, because their contributions with the bat are
going to be very important in this series."
Domingo could not confirm whether or not Klusener's knowledge would be called on at any beyond the Durban Test.
Klusener played 49 Tests for the Proteas, averaging 32.86 with the bat.