Cape Town - Proteas spin bowling coach, Claude Henderson,
is excited about the future and the current state of the spin bowling resources
in South Africa.
Henderson is part of the Cricket South Africa spinners
camp being held in Mumbai from May 14 to 21, where South Africa’s elite and
emerging spinners and batsmen are being put through an intensive programme on
the art of spin.
"We had a great mix of experience and youth at this
year’s camp," Henderson said in Mumbai on Saturday.
"South Africa has been here
(India) a few times and it has been quite challenging. From a bowling point of
view it’s about understanding the conditions and also trying to learn from the
locals on how to play in the shorter and longer format.
"From the batting point
of view it’s the same message, it’s about figuring out how we cope with the
pressure and how we go about building an innings.
"For the more experienced cricketer you will take it to the
next level and talk about variations, changing of pace and exposing the
"With the younger guys who have never been
to India and are just starting out their careers we focus on technique and
getting them to understand the game of cricket."
"Our players get to understand the conditions and learn while
doing that. In my days we never had this opportunity so I feel this will
benefit these players’ careers immensely going forward.
"We have a great group
of spinners in the Proteas setup and in the high performance setup, our spin
bowling is in good shape."
The Proteas have selected three frontline spinners in Imran
Tahir, Aaron Phangiso and debutant Tabraiz Shamsi for the upcoming tour of the
West Indies, an encouraging indication of the strength of spin reserves coming
through the pipeline.
Promising Dolphins left-arm spinner, Keshav Maharaj,
says the camp has given him valuable know-how on how to succeed on the
"It has been a great experience," Maharaj said.
here to work on a few things and a few aspects of my game, especially in the
batting department. I’ve gained a lot of knowledge and experience of how to go
about certain aspects of my game in these conditions and thanks to the high
quality coaches who have helped me.
"We are not exposed to such extreme wickets with turn and
low bounce often back home, even the humidity is a factor, so it’s great to
come here and to challenge yourself in circumstances that you wouldn’t normally
Proteas batsman, Temba Bavuma, believes his experience in
India will benefit his game going forward, particularly the skills he has
harnessed over the course of the week.
"I have been on a number of these camps and every time I
learn something new and different to help my game," Bavuma explained.
often get an opportunity to work on technical aspects of our games during the
season so it has been a valuable week working on my skills against spin and
tapping into the knowledgeable coaches who have been assisting us.
India comes with certain unique challenges and taking part in these types
of camps gives you a better understanding of what is expected of you when you
play in the sub-continent."
The High Performance programme is being attended by the
following players: Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions), Simon Harmer
(Warriors), George Linde (Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Sunfoil Dolphins),
Tshepo Ntuli (VKB Knights), Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions), Dane Piedt
(Cape Cobras), Prenelan Subrayen (Sunfoil Dolphins) Temba Bavuma (bizhub
Highveld Lions), Reeza Hendricks (The Unlimited Titans), Smangaliso Nhlebela (KZN Inland), Hector
Ngobeni ( Limpopo), Stiaan van Zyl (Cape Cobras), Dane Vilas (Cape Cobras).
Coaches: Claude Henderson and HD Ackerman.