26-27 FEBRUARY 2018 – RECREATION GROUND
Following the identification of many spinners and wicket keepers across the region through the PPP Talent Identification process, a specialist spin and wicket keeping camp was arranged with Paul Adams and Ezra Poole – CSA Specialist Coaches. The Camp took place over two days with the coaches working hard throughout the day in the Oudtshoorn sun. They put the players through their paces working with the senior provincial and academy spinners, both mornings and then worked with the identified age group spinners and wicket keepers in the afternoons.
Both Paul and Ezra shared valuable insight with all the players, giving them both technical and strategic tips and advice which the players will be able to work on by themselves. The young players were inspired by Pauls story when he asked them who was 16 and if they thought they could walk out onto the park to represent the Proteas in 2 or 3 years’ time – because at their age he had no idea it would happen for him like that. His message to them was that if they wanted to be selected they would have to really get to know their own bowling, what works, what doesn’t and the way to do that was to bowl for hours by themselves when no one else was doing it. Valuable advice indeed.
It was also encouraging to see how the keepers – who are often the “Forgotten Warriors” in any team – learnt so much and appreciated the focus of a coach’s time on their skills. Far too often coaches will use their keepers to bowl at nets and do not spend time working on the skills of the engine of their fielding team. As Jean Du Plessis said of the camp having just returned from the U19 World Cup, “These two days were brilliant – I learnt a lot more about my wicket-keeping and can now go and develop these skills further”.