Staff: Shukri Conrad (Head Coach), Khomotso Volvo Masubelele (Team Manager), Neil McKenzie (Batting Consultant), Charl Langeveldt (Bowling Coach), Kruger van Wyk (Fielding Coach), Matthew Reuben (Performance Analyst), Sizwe Hadebe (Physiotherapist), Runeshan Moodley (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Dr. Hashendra Ramjee (Team Doctor), Kyle Botha (Logistics and Masseur), Zunaid Wadee (Security), Lucy Davey (Media Manager)
The batting advisor for South Africa’s forthcoming two-match Test series against West Indies, which begins February 28, will be Neil McKenzie. According to a press release from Cricket South Africa, a permanent batting coach will be appointed at a later time. The new head coach Shukri Conrad, who assumed the position last month, will supervise the former South Africa batsman during the Test series. In addition, Charl Langeveldt will be stepping down from his position as bowling coach after this series in favor of the recently appointed Piet Botha. Langeveldt is probably going to join the IPL.
Over the course of a career spanning more than ten years, Botha made 118 first-class matches. After previously serving as the bowling coach of the Lions squad from Johannesburg and as the head coach of the Warriors in the domestic circuit, he was most recently the head coach of South Western Districts. Additionally, he has provided bowling advice to the National Academy and the South Africa A team. Kruger van Wyk, a former New Zealand wicketkeeper and batter, has been hired by CSA to serve as the team’s full-time Test fielding instructor. Before retiring in 2015, South African-born Van Wyk participated in nine Test matches for New Zealand. The fielding assistant position has not been kept by Justin Ontong.
As performance analysts and physical therapists, respectively, Matthew Reuben and Sizwe Hadebe will join the technical team, and Runeshan Moodley has been appointed as the strength and conditioning coach. Craig Govender, a former masseur, will join the Mumbai Indians of the IPL. We appreciate Neil’s commitment to the series while the details of his regular employment are being worked out. Director of Cricket Enoch Nkwe said: “He and Shukri have a strong working rapport having previously worked together as coaches at the 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.
Piet’s addition to the support team makes me happy. Conrad said that he has a wealth of coaching expertise and has helped several young players advance through the domestic ranks. I’m excited for the chance to collaborate closely with him at this level because I’ve seen firsthand what he has to give as a coach during his time at the National Academy. Temba Bavuma has replaced Dean Elgar as skipper of South Africa’s Test team, signaling a change in the team’s hierarchy. Before the teams travel to Johannesburg for the second Test, the first match against the West Indies will be contested in Centurion.