South Africa have named Lance Klusener, Vincent Barnes and Justin Ontong as the three coaches for the upcoming India tour. They will assist interim team director Enoch Nkwe in the series. Former player Klusener has joined the team as assistant batting coach for the three T20Is whereas Barnes and Ontong have been named as assistant bowling and fielding coaches respectively.
“In terms of the new team structure the Team Director appoints his three assistant coaches who have specific skills focus in the three key disciplines of batting, bowling and fielding,” said Corrie van Zyl, the CSA Acting Director of Cricket.
“Former Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusener will fill the role of assistant coach (batting) for the T20 Series only. His record as one of the best all-rounders in the world, particularly in white ball cricket, during his playing career speaks for itself and he also has extensive coaching experience both at franchise and international level,” van Zyl added.
“Vincent Barnes will be the assistant coach (bowling). He also has extensive coaching experience at international level and his knowledge of playing conditions in India will make his contribution invaluable. Vincent currently also fills the role of the HP Bowling Lead for CSA,” van Zyl shared.
“Justin Ontong will fill the role of assistant coach (fielding). He has built up a strong relationship with the players over the last two years and is an acknowledged expert in this department,” Zyl commented. “Enoch is targeting a batting coach who has extensive knowledge of Indian conditions for the Test series and we will be in a position to announce this successful candidate shortly.”
“As previously announced, all the technical staff – Performance Analyst Prasanna Agoram, Strength and Conditioning Coach Greg King and physiotherapist Craig Govender – have been retained. Unfortunately, Craig has recently undergone knee surgency so a temporary replacement will travel with the team to India,” van Zyl concluded.
South Africa will face India for a three-match T20I series before playing a three-match Test series against the same opposition. They will try to return in wins after their dismal show in the recently concluded ICC World Cup.