Prince: You don't become Amla and Steyn overnight

2019-08-27 12:51
Ashwell Prince (Gallo)
Ashwell Prince (Gallo)

Cape Town - Former Proteas batsman Ashwell Prince has admitted that South African cricket is currently in a transition phase after a few senior players retired.

Batsman Hashim Amla has retired from international cricket and legendary fast bowler Dale Steyn called it quits in the Test format after the World Cup.

The Proteas will tour India next month for three T20Is and then three Tests in October and Amla and Steyn's experience will be sorely missed.

Prince, who is the current coach of the Cape Cobras, was part of the coaching staff that oversaw a spin camp in India recently where they worked with young South African and some national team players ahead of the tour.

"It's a transition phase for South African cricket," Prince told the Deccan Chronicle.

"I work in the first-class system and we have first-hand experience of the young guys that are coming through.

"Of course, you don't become (Hashim) Amla and (Dale) Steyn overnight."

Among the players in the camp were Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma and Theunis de Bruyn and Zubayr Hamza who are all likely to feature in the Test series in India.

Prince, who played 62 Tests and 52 ODIs for the Proteas, explained how the spin camp will prepare, especially for the upcoming tour.

"We are looking at both (physical and mental) aspects to playing spin," he said.

"It's about being able to understand that a good spinner on a surface providing spin will go past the outside edge and beat your bat."

Test match squad:

Faf du Plessis (Titans, capt), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions, vice-capt), Theunis de Bruyn (Titans), Quinton de Kock (Titans), Dean Elgar (Titans), Zubayr Hamza (Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Titans), Senuran Muthusamy (Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Dane Piedt (Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Rudi Second (Warriors)

T20I squad:

Quinton de Kock (Titans, capt), Rassie van der Dussen (Highveld Lions, vice-capt), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Junior Dala (Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Highveld Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Highveld Lions), David Miller (Dolphins), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors)


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