South Africa named their new batting assistance coach Lance Klusener recently for the upcoming tour of India. Lance is the former all-rounder who will be with the team only for the next T20 Series against India. And on the other hand, as a bowling assistant coach, Vincent Barnes will be with the South Africa, men’s cricket squad. Justin Ontong is the new assistant fielding coach for the upcoming T20 Series only.
The South Africa tour of India is starting from September 15 that includes three T20Is and three Tests. Klusener has played 49 Tests and 171 ODIs for South Africa and was the head coach of the Dolphins team, and he also was the batting coach of Zimbabwe cricket team which now no longer exists.
On the other hand, Barnes worked as bowling coach of South Africa from 2003 to 2011 and shortly after that he became CSA’s high-performance coach. Ontong too is a former South African all-rounder who played two Tests, 28 ODIs and 14 T20Is and also had been the fielding coach of South Africa during Ottis Gibson’s tenure.
“Former Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusener will fill the role of assistant coach (batting) for the T20 Series only as he is currently not available for all formats. 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,” stated the CSA’s Acting Director of Cricket Corrie van Zyl.
He added, “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.”