Monday, 6 February, 2023

Conrad named new SA Test coach

Cricket South Africa on Monday announced Shukri Conrad and Rob Walter as coaches of the country's Test and limited overs teams respectively, reports AFP. Conrad, 55, a former first-class cricketer, has worked with many of South Africa’s leading players as head coach of the South African Academy since 2014. He also coached the South African Under-19 team. CSA chief executive Pholetsi Moseki said the appointment of a specialist Test coach was an indication of the importance of Test cricket despite CSA having reduced the number of fixtures in order to

accommodate a new T20 league. His first task, though, will be to ensure South Africa qualify for this year’s World Cup and to “do our utmost best” at the tournament in India. Walter was the South African team’s strength and

conditioning coach between 2009 and 2013 before becoming head coach of the Titans franchise. He guided them to three titles in three seasons before moving to New Zealand in 2016, where he coached Otago and more

recently Central Districts. Both coaches will only start their jobs in February - which means Walter will only take charge after South Africa play England in three one-day internationals later this month.