Proteas appoint Piet Botha Test bowling coach, Kruger van Wyk fielding coach

Piet Botha.Piet Botha.

Former New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Kruger van Wyk and South Western Districts head coach Piet Botha have been named the Proteas’ Test fielding coach and bowling coach, respectively.

Botha and van Wyk will work alongside new Test head coach Shukri Conrad.

Botha will succeed outgoing bowling coach Charl Langeveldt after next month’s series against the West Indies. Van Wyk has succeeded former fielding coach Justin Ontong.

Former Proteas batsman Neil McKenzie will work in a consultancy role until a permanent batting coach, who will succeed the outgoing Justin Sammons is appointed.

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What Cricket South Africa said

“We would like to thank Neil for committing himself to the series while the permanent appointment is being finalised,” said CSA director of cricket Enoch Nkwe.

“He and Shukri have a good working relationship, having previously coached together at SA Under-19 level, and we look forward to them combining for the first series in what is a new era for the Test side.

Credit must be given to Charl and the role he has played in developing the Test bowling unit. Under his tutelage the Proteas attack has become one of the best in the world. As he ends his tenure with the Proteas, we would like to wish him all the best in his next chapter.

“We would also like thank former batting coach Justin Sammons and fielding coach Justin Ontong for their contributions to the national team over the last couple of years.”

Conrad welcomes van Wyk and other support staff

Van Wyk played for the Titans before relocating to New Zealand. He played nine Tests in 2012 before returning to South Africa to pursue a coaching career.

The Titans’ Matthew Reuben and Sizwe Hadebe, meanwhile, have been hired as performance analyst and physiotherapist, respectively. The Warriors’ Runeshan Moodley has been recruited as strength and conditioning coach.

“Kruger has vast experience having worked across the South African cricket pipeline from club cricket to the national women’s team,” added Conrad.

“I am excited for him bring this expertise to the men’s Test environment, along with the newly-appointed technical staff in Matthew, Sizwe and Runeshan.”

“I am pleased to have Piet join the support staff. He has extensive coaching experience and has guided several promising players through the domestic pathway to higher honours.

“Having personally experienced what he has to offer as a coach during his time at the national academy, I am looking forward to the opportunity of working closely with him at this level.”

Proteas’ team management for West Indies Test series

  1. Head coach: Shukri Conrad
  2. Team manager: Khomotso Masubelele
  3. Batting consultant: Neil McKenzie
  4. Bowling coach: Charl Langeveldt
  5. Fielding coach: Kruger van Wyk
  6. Performance analyst: Matthew Reuben
  7. Physiotherapist: Sizwe Hadebe
  8. Strength and conditioning coach: Runeshan Moodley
  9. Team doctor: Hashendra Ramjee
  10. Logistics and masseur: Kyle Botha
  11. Security: Zunaid Wadee
  12. Media manager: Lucy Davey

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