Lance Klusener has been appointed as an assistant batting coach for the South Africa tour of India. Klusener was a South African all-rounder and he will be available for only T20 International. Bowling assistant coach Vincent Barnes will be looking after these duties and he will be available for the full tour.
Klusener had an outstanding career in which he played 49 Tests and 171 One Day internationals for India. He is not new to the territory as he had previous stints with Dolphins team as head coach and Zimbabwe as a batting coach. He was also going to be the head coach in Euro T20 slam which has been cancelled due to some internal reasons.
Enoch Nkwe who has been appointed as new head coach after Gibson’s exit, all the assistant appointed will have to report to him once the series gets started.
“Vincent Barnes will be the assistant coach (bowling). He also has extensive coaching experience at the 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. 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.” Van Zyl said.
“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,” concluded Van Zyl.
It remains to be seen whether Klusener will be at his best during the South Africa tour of India T-20s and can he provide the much depleted South African team with the push which they require to win a series after many setbacks.