Struggling South Africa mulls split-coaching; Conard, Walter likely options | Cricket News

DURBAN: in trouble South Africa are likely to chain themselves to Shukri Conrad and Robert Walter in a split training set up with the aim of reviving their fortunes in international cricket.
Conrad was recently in charge of the South Africa Under-19 team, while Walter was the head coach of Central Districts in New Zealand.
The duo are set to be unveiled as the new South African coaches on Monday, ESPNCricinfo reported.
Lance Klusener was the ‘favourite’ to coach the white ball team but following his withdrawal on Monday, the duo would be ‘preferred’ to the current interim manager Malibongwe Maketaformer manager of West Indies cricket Richard Pybus and former national assistant coach Adi Birrell (who only applied for the red ball position).
One of the two will be in charge of the white ball format as he will have to take charge immediately before South Africa’s three World Cup Super League matches against England from January 27 to February 1.
South Africa pulled out of the T20 World Cup after a shock loss to the Netherlands last November and also rose to the challenge of qualifying for the ODI World Cup scheduled for India in October and November.
They also suffered two crushing defeats to Australia recently to shake up their eventual Test World Championship hopes. They will face West Indies in two home Tests from February 28 to March 12.
More than ten years ago, when Gary Kirsten was the head coach of the Test team and ODI, his assistant Russell Domingo was loaded from their side T20.
Domingo took over from Kirsten six months later as an all-formats coach.
Conrad has a wealth of experience in South African domestic cricket and has won four franchise titles with the Lions and Cobras.
He coached South Africa at the 2022 Under-19 World Cup in the West Indies in January and February, when his side finished seventh out of 16.
Walter was South Africa’s strength and conditioning expert from 2009 to 2013. He then became the Titans’ head coach and guided them to three trophies in as many seasons.
He then moved to New Zealand in 2016 to coach the Otago Volts and moved to Central Stags ahead of the 2020-21 season.


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