Proteas bowling plans put on ice
Covid-19 upsets arrangements for coach Charl Langevelt to upskill players around country for international competition
The Proteas’ strength in bowling depth is a little untested and Covid-19 has just added to that frustration.
Bowling coach Charl Langeveldt was supposed to put some fringe bowlers through their paces at a bowling camp starting this week, but their plans had to be put on ice.
“We’ve been looking around the country for young and upcoming bowlers‚” said Langeveldt.
“We were supposed to have a camp starting on April 19 for six days and that had to be cancelled. We are definitely looking for young upcoming fast bowlers. You know you have to have replacements for when someone gets injured at international level.
“We want to upskill these bowlers. A few names popped up like Lifa Ntanzi‚ Gerald Coetzee‚ there’s Glenton Stuurman‚ Stefan Tait and then obviously Lutho Sipamla‚ who has been brilliant in the national setup‚” said Langeveldt.
“There are a few names you want to work with. These are the guys who will be the backup for the national team. We want to speed up that process.”
Langeveldt is meeting fellow coaches and players this week to determine a suitable date for the bowling camp.
“It is exciting that guys are putting up their names for the national team‚” said the former bowler.
Although the Proteas won just one of the five series they have been involved in since the start of 2020‚ Langeveldt is remarkably sanguine about the bowling department since he joined the coaching ranks from Bangladesh last December.
The Proteas lost the Test series against England 3-1‚ and the ODI series finished all square before the tourists claimed the T20 series 2-1.
Australia then won the T20 series 2-1‚ before SA won the ODI series 3-0. It is the latter series Langeveldt chooses to draw most from.
“I really enjoyed how we competed as a young bowling attack at international level‚” he said.
“Anrich [Nortje]‚ Lungi‚ [Lutho] Sipamla‚ [Tabraiz] Shamsi‚ they all stepped up very well.
“All round everyone chipped in. Where we came from starting in December and where we ended up‚ I think Cricket SA can be really proud of what they did on a domestic level to get these players through.
“That’s where these players come from and they showed a lot of maturity, which is a big plus for us going forward.”
After the global spread of Covid-19 the Proteas’ tour to India was abandoned while their tour to Sri Lanka scheduled for June has been postponed.