Boland appoint wicketkeeping specialist

File image: Ezra Poole.File image: Ezra Poole.

Wicketkeeping specialist Ezra Poole has been named among Boland’s coaching staff ahead of South Africa’s 2021-22 domestic season.

Boland, who will be known as the Rocks, have been placed in the first division of the countrys’ new domestic structure. Provincial competition has returned to the top tier and franchise cricket dissolved.

Former South Africa Under-19 player Clyde Fortuin is the lone specialist wicketkeeper among Boland’s contracted squad. Batsman Pieter Malan has performed the role, too.

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“Ezra, who has had stints as fielding and wicketkeeping coaching consultant with Cricket South Africa, is also on board as a fielding skills mentor,” read a statement from the Rocks.

“Poole is a certified level three cricket coach. As a player. He has racked up 69 games for North West. He also represented the South Africa Colts and South Africa Universities sides. As a coach, he is an experienced specialist wicketkeeping and fielding coach.”

Poole joins Birrell, Nackerdien, etc

The appointments of head coach Adrian Birrell, batting lead Salieg Nackerdien and fitness and conditioning coach Laden Gamiet, meanwhile, have been formally confirmed by the Rocks. These, however, were reported several months ago.

 “We are confident we have assembled a high-level technical team, to support our head coach in the effective execution of our objectives to lay the foundations of a winning culture,” said Cricket Boland chief executive officer James Fortuin.

“We are fortunate to have these young and talented coaches along with the experienced Birrell as mentor.”

Rocks coaching staff

  • Head coach: Adrian Birrell
  • Batting lead: Salieg Nackerdien
  • Bowling lead: Henry Williams
  • Physiotherapist: Brent Martin
  • Fitness and conditioning coach: Laden Gamiet
  • Fielding and wicketkeeping coach: Ezra Poole

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