Langeveldt impressed by young bowlers

2014-05-14 00:00

CAPE TOWN — He is impressed with the quality of young fast bowlers he is mentoring in the Western Cape, but from a national perspective there must be some concern about the depth in reserves set to take over from the ageing Dale Steyn, Morné Morkel and Vernon Philander, said Charl Langeveldt, recently appointed high performance co-ordinator of the Cape Cobras.

Langeveldt (39) retired from all forms of cricket at the end of the 2013/2014 season after a career spanning 17 years in which he represented South Africa in six Tests and 72 ODIs.

He will always be remembered for taking a hat-trick in an ODI against the West Indian Islands in 2005, and for his 5-46 on Test debut against England at Newlands which set up an impressive South African victory.

The fast swing bowler also became only the third South African to take a five-for in an ODI when he finished with 5-39 in a Cricket World Cup game against Sri Lanka in 2007.

Langeveldt was also used in a mentoring role with Johann Louw in the off-season in 2013, presiding over the development of fast bowlers like Beuran Hendricks, Lizaad Williams and Travis Miller, among others, at the Cobras franchise.

Langeveldt said the one concern is that there are not too many real express bowlers in the Steyn or Morkel class to follow them once they retire.

The one standout-example is Marchant de Lange.

“But Marchant is bowling a tad too short and is a bit inconsistent at the moment. The same is true about Rory Kleinveldt and Wayne Parnell. After Steyn, Morkel and Philander there is a bit of a gap in terms of quality of fast bowling,” he added.

Luckily, De Lange is only 23 years of age and Parnell is 24, offering them ample time to improve.

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