Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener has joined the team’s coaching staff for the upcoming series against India, that starts next month. Cricket South Africa announced its coaches for the series. Vincent Barnes, who has had coached South Africa for around eight years, will also be part of the set-up.
Apart from him, Justin Ontong is also a member of the support staff. He had joined South Africa as the fielding coach in 2017 and has kept his position for the upcoming tour as well. Klusener is the most high-profile name in the staff but he will return back to South Africa after the T20I series.
CSA name Lance Klusener (batting), Justin Ontong (fielding) and Vincent Barnes (bowling) as Enoch Nkwe's support staff ahead of the Proteas men's India tour next month.#CSAnews #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/nVoM82GZRR
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) August 22, 2019
All the appointments have been done by Enoch Nkwe. It is to be noted that South Africa have gone the football way and all the major decisions will now be taken by the team manager.
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After a poor run at the World Cup 2019, where the team finished at the seventh spot in the points table, the board removed the members of the coaching staff and didn’t retain head coach Ottis Gibson. As per reports, his contract was to run till 2021 T20 World Cup but a poor run in 2019 World Cup saw CSA parting ways with him.
All the appointments done for the tour of India are expected to be temporary and the board might soon start the procedure to appoint full-time coaches during the India series itself.
The South Africa tour of India starts on September 15. The three T20Is will be played on September 15, 18 and 22 in Dharamsala, Mohali and Bengaluru, respectively. The three Tests of the series will be played in Visakhapatnam, Pune and Ranchi, respectively.
In a major shake-up, South Africa removed Faf du Plessis from the captaincy job for the T20I series and had handed the leadership job to Quinton de Kock.
South Africa A, which kick off series against India A next week, will also have a new coach in the form of Malibongwe Maketa. Russell Domingo, who took over the post after coaching South Arica for more than four years, joined Bangladesh as their head coach, confirming his exit from South Africa A.