South Africa enlist Klusener to mentor lower order


Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener will work with the Proteas' lower-order to ensure there are no batting collapses against England.

During their recent tour to India, South Africa's batting line-up struggled to contribute in the tough spinning conditions, seeing them drop to a first away Test series defeat in nine years.

As a result head coach Russell Domingo has turned to Klusener to impart his wisdom on their fragile batting line-up for the four Tests with England.

Klusener himself was a prolific lower-order batsman during his international career, scoring 5,482 runs across all forms of the game at 37.80, while taking 272 wickets at 32.29.

"We see our lower order as being potentially an area we need to work on," said Domingo.

"I don't think we are blessed with the all-rounders of the past. We used to have Klusener batting at number eight, [Shaun] Pollock at number nine and Nicky Boje at number 10. 

"Now, our tail is a little bit exposed

"His [Klusener] particular role will be to work with our lower order batters and also to give our lower order a sense of purpose and a sense of direction."

Domingo is confident South Africa's troubles in India are firmly in the past, and expects to see a competitive display from his side when the series begins in Durban on Saturday.

He added: "As far as I am concerned, I want to write India off. It was a very tough tour for us and we've got to move on from it.

"We've got some serious quality in our batting line-up. We know it's all about runs and putting in big performances but we know it's one big score away, one good start, or one dropped catch and somebody can get a bit of luck and a bit of momentum going and everything will click back into place.

"We are very confident that the group we've got are the best players in the country."