The Castle Lager Proteas' management on Sunday announced that former coach, Gary Kirsten, has been approached to fill the role of batting mentor during the One-Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan starting on Wednesday. Kirsten will join the squad for five days between the second and third ODI's in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee explained the decision: "Gary is a world-cup winning coach and it would be naïve of us not to tap into his wisdom. We have a crop of young batsmen in the squad we feel will gain a lot of insight from his vast batting experience and knowledge. We are going into an important phase leading up to the World Cup so it will be important for us to tap into as many resources available to us."
Dale Steyn has been rested for the first two ODI's, and will return back to South Africa before joining up with the squad for the remainder of the ODI's and T20I series. Colin Ingram has been placed on stand-by for Hashim Amla, who is still in South Africa awaiting the birth of his second child. Ingram will join up with the squad on Monday morning.