Loss of cricket coaching intellect of great concern – Barnes

2012-06-26 17:21

Cricket South Africa (CSA) high performance manager and selector Vincent Barnes says the loss of coaching intellect is a massive loss to South African cricket.

In the past year, Graham Ford, Richard Pybus and more recently Dave Nosworthy have relinquished their franchise coaching posts at the Dolphins, Cape Cobras and Highveld Lions respectively.

“We have lost three quality coaches in the past season, it will not be easy to replace them and it is a massive concern. These are people I have struck up relationships with and we have this communication and to lose them is a massive disappointment,” Barnes said.

The South African “A” team are preparing for the unofficial two Test series against Sri Lanka A at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria. Barnes said he was excited by the energy shown by the fringe players, especially in such a crucial cricket year.

“I have been pleasantly surprised by the energy and the actual enthusiasm of the players. They have the ambition and the drive to play for the national team, which has really surprised me. This year they have pushed the bar higher and even though there are a few players who are injured, they still want to be part of the action,” Barnes added.

Barnes said the Proteas’ performance in the unofficial Tri-Series in Zimbabwe surprised him, but he said that the conditions at the Harare Sports Club were markedly different from the ones he experienced on tour with the “A” team last year.

“When we initially played there last year in the early stages of the tournament (involving Australia “A” and Zimbabwe), the conditions were not really like that. In the initial stages of the tournament, you could defend 230-240, but by the end of the tournament, you could not defend 300,” he said.

“The bowlers that were with the team were quality bowlers but the disappointing thing was not seeing them being very effective and the conditions also affected the way the batted because I was told the pitches were very slow and it was not easy to just come in and score.”

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