Former South Africa allrounder Jacques Kallis on Wednesday was appointed the team’s batting consultant for the entire duration of their home summer.
“Former Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder, @jacqueskallis75 has been named as the team’s batting consultant for the duration of the summer. He will join the squad for their camp starting in Pretoria today (Wednesday),” Cricket South Africa (CSA) made the announcement in its official Twitter handle.
Coaching is not new for Kallis, who was the head coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2015 when head coach Trevor Bayliss resigned to take over with the England cricket team.
Kallis, 44, has played a combined 519 international matches for South Africa with 25,534 runs and 577 wickets across formats. He featured in 166 Tests, 328 ODIs and 25 T20 Internationals. He called time on his international career in 2014 after amassing 62 international centuries – 45 Tests and 17 ODI averaging 55.37 and 44.36 in each format respectively.
He was the latest high-profile name to be inducted in South Africa’s coaching set-up after Mark Boucher’s appointment as head coach in CSA’s rebuilding programme for the national team.
Former Test wicketkeeper Boucher was named as South Africa’s new head coach on a four-year deal last week. The 43-year-old replaced Enoch Nkwe, who was interim team director after head coach Ottis Gibson was released in August and is now the assistant coach.
During the home summer, South Africa will first host England from mid-December until mid-February for four Test matches, three ODIs and three T20s. After England, the Proteas will host Australia for three T20s and as many ODIs.