Kirsten back to help Proteas

2014-03-12 07:46

Cape Town - After their disappointing Test series loss to Australia, former coach Gary Kirsten has been drafted in as consultant to help the Proteas during the T20 series against the Aussies.

Since he quit the role as head coach of the team in May last year, Kirsten has helped out as batting consultant from time to time.

The Proteas tackle Australia in the second T20 in Durban on Wednesday. The first match in Port Elizabeth was rained out on Sunday, while the final game is scheduled for Centurion on Friday.

T20 skipper Faf du Plessis said it's great to have an experienced head like Kirsten in the camp.

"It's always good to have his cricket brain among our ranks. He understands us well and for me as captain it is wonderful to be able to listen to his ideas. He helps me an awful lot with the strategy we have to employ," Du Plessis told the Beeld

"Australia are a very dangerous team in this format. Their strength is that they have big hitters (Aaron Finch and David Warner) early in the innings, while we are more dangerous towards the middle and latter part of our innings."

Rain is again a possibility for Wednesday and Friday, but the Proteas remain confident their preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh is on track.

They have the reassurance of two warm-up matches in Dhaka, before their opening match against Sri Lanka in Chittagong on March 22.

"We have two warm-up matches, one against Pakistan and the other against Bangladesh A," said Du Plessis.

"That’s great for us because it will be played in sub-continental conditions.

"I've said before that I think as a team we are ready to head to the World Cup right now in terms of the form we have, but the important part of these games against Australia is guys getting time in the middle and for the guys to get more used to the white ball."

  • Nhlakanipho Gambu - 2014-03-12 07:57

    He shuld cum to fl in.da void left by biff and open da batting. Once again

      Michael Morris - 2014-03-12 08:58

      Did you write this from your phone or PC?

      Bardof Blairgowrie - 2014-03-12 20:09

      bu ba da bu da ko lo ach tung biff bong da eng moron

  • Splunken Gobblesmack - 2014-03-12 08:14

    Isn't Russell Domingo coach? And if he can't crack it, why is he still coach?

      Spikkels NK - 2014-03-12 09:27

      Domingo couldn't wipe the smile off his face after the Proteas loss in the third test against Australia. Every image you saw of him on TV between the players afterwards shows him smiling. It looks like winning and losing mean more or less the same to him.

      Jon Low - 2014-03-12 09:29

      Well, it wouldn't be a good look if he was sobbing like a girl.

      Spikkels NK - 2014-03-12 13:05

      No, but it would have been nice if it looked like he actually cared about his team's results.

  • Anele Booi - 2014-03-12 08:15

    M sure they can see that we have the most stupid coach ever, he's the because he's white....proteas have no coach that thing is weak

      Jaco De Villiers - 2014-03-12 08:32

      utgh sokloqlo titham slucktatrtiogh tlsip[tb saolr?

      Gert Steenkamp - 2014-03-12 09:56

      Colour of the skin is not the issue. Dom...ingo is not a good coach

  • Samx Chaab - 2014-03-12 08:32

    we dont need him to help, we need him to coach

      Ntlanganiso Qwabe - 2014-03-12 08:50

      You are so stupid!Kirsten had his chance and he failed.

      Jon Low - 2014-03-12 09:30

      So why's he back then?

  • Ntlanganiso Qwabe - 2014-03-12 08:35

    Kirsten had his chance and he failed.

      Jon Low - 2014-03-12 09:31

      So why's he back then?

      BrandonF - 2014-03-12 09:32

      Your lack of knowledge is laughable.

  • Jackie Moon - 2014-03-12 09:16

    Kirsten did nothing to curb the nefarious influence of the 'team within a team' (smith, kallis & boucher)

  • Jon Low - 2014-03-12 09:28

    "Consultant"? Why not appoint him and give the useless Domingo the boot?

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-12 11:36

      Because he doesn't want the full time job?

  • BrandonF - 2014-03-12 09:31

    Tells you that uncle Russel is a little bit out of his depth at this level. But we knew that.

  • Gert Steenkamp - 2014-03-12 09:52

    Get rid of this Dom...ingo. He cannot coach a grade 1 team. Since he took over from Gary our game went one way DOWN. Get Gary back please.We cannot afford to drop out as world no 1 test team and I can see it happen with this Dom ..ingo

  • Drake Richardson - 2014-03-12 10:03

    So CSA can't fire their quota coach but they can give him all the help he obviously needs. .... How sweet of them.

      Nawhal Majiet-Armien - 2014-03-12 11:39

      1stly I'm coloured, and domingo is coloured but hell he isnt doing a very great job, and this quota sh%t should come to an end, its terrible this legacy of BEE, get the best man for the job.

  • Nceba Mbane - 2014-03-12 12:01

    I feel furthers about Gary coming to help for t20 world cup, for the reason that I dont care at all for t20 cricket. I just hate it. I can tolerate or even enjoy 50 over game sometimes. But for me true cricket is test cricket, and thats my main thing, I get sore when we lose in that format, but when it comes to t20, I dont give a damn who wins or lose or whether the teams get there in Bangladesh and bash the leaving dailights out of one another

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