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South Africa boosted by Gary Kirsten presence

Sharjah: South Africa are hoping to dominate Pakistan in the Cool & Cool Cup series by utilising tips from Gary Kirsten, one of the world’s most renowned coaches.

Kirsten will act as a mentor for the Proteas batsmen for five days at the beginning of the series.

The 45-year-old, who led India to their 2011 World Cup triumph, stood down as South Africa coach in July after lifting the team to the No 1 slot in the Test rankings. He also guided South Africa to away series wins in England and Australia in 2012.

His presence is set to ease the pressure on coach Russell Domingo, who took over from Kirsten but has already lost four one-day matches and one Test match. Welcoming Kirsten’s presence during the one-day series, Domingo said: “I have a relationship of probably about 10 years now with Gary Kirsten. For me not to utilise Gary’s expertise would be foolish — he is a World Cup-winning coach.

“He is a 100-Test veteran and has played 250 one-day internationals so I definitely see him playing a big role in the mentorship of some of our young batters. We have a good group of young players coming through like David Miller and Quinton de Kock and they can learn a great deal from a guy like Kirsten.

“So we are looking forward to catching up with him again as he will be adding massive value to the team. He is one of the most successful coaches in world cricket today.”