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Proteas: Barnes to fit in easily

2013-10-21 09:18
Vincent Barnes (Gallo Images)
Dubai - The Proteas management is confident that Vincent Barnes will fit in comfortably with the side after he replaced bowling coach Allan Donald ahead of the second Test against Pakistan.

Donald was on Sunday granted leave of absence to fly back to South Africa for personal family reasons.

Barnes, the current Cricket South Africa (CSA) High Performance coach, will join the squad on Monday morning to assist with the bowling responsibilities in Donald's absence.

Barnes was due to fly out to the UAE as a selector for the One-Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan starting on October 30.

Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee, said: "One of the key characteristics of our environment has been our commitment to making sure our players and management are in a good space both on and off the field. Vinnie (Barnes) has worked closely with Russell (Domingo) and Gary (Kirsten) in the past and will no doubt fit in comfortably into the environment. We wish Allan all of the best during this difficult time."

Proteas coach, Russell Domingo, added: "Vinnie is probably one of the most experienced bowling coaches in South Africa and will bring a lot of knowledge and skill to the environment. He has worked with all of the bowlers at either national or High Performance level so he is not coming into the set-up cold. It will also be important to keep the information flowing between himself and Allan and to provide good support and guidance for the bowlers."

At this stage it is unclear when Donald will re-join the group.

The second Test in Dubai starts on Wednesday.


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