Pakistan v SA

Kirsten back to help Proteas

2013-10-27 14:00
Gary Kirsten (AFP)
Cape Town - The Proteas’ management announced on Sunday that former coach, Gary Kirsten, will join the team as batting mentor during the One-Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan starting on Wednesday.

Kirsten will join the squad for five days between the second and third ODI’s in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee, explained the decision: "Gary is a World Cup winning coach and it would be naive for us not to tap into his wisdom. We have a crop of young batsmen in the squad we feel will gain a lot of insight from his vast batting experience and knowledge. We are going into an important phase leading up to the World Cup so it will be important for us to tap into as many resources available to us as possible."   

Kirsten, who resigned as Proteas coach in May, was last month appointed as head coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) side, the Delhi Daredevils.

Meanwhile, fast bowler Dale Steyn is being rested for the first two ODIs, and will return back to South Africa before joining up with the squad for the remainder of the series as well as the T20I series.

Colin Ingram has been placed on stand-by for Hashim Amla, who is still in South Africa awaiting the birth of his second child. Ingram will join up with the squad on Monday morning.


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