McKenzie, Maketa host Cricket SA’s spin-batting camp in Durban

Neil McKenzie. (Photo by Howard Cleland/Gallo Images)

Neil McKenzie. (Photo by Howard Cleland/Gallo Images)

The Cricket South Africa (CSA) High Performance Department will host hosting a spin-batting camp in Durban from 25-28 July.

The camp will headed by the coaching duo of Neil McKenzie and Malibongwe Maketa, with the likes of Shukri Conrad, Paul Adams and Mthandeki Tshabalala also involved as coaches.

The annual spin camp, which is part of CSA’s objectives to build a stronger cricket pipeline, usually takes place in India and aims to introduce most of the youngsters to international spin play.

CSA said the group of players were selected in conjunction with provincial coaches around the country.

“The camp will be a wonderful opportunity for our identified young cricketers to enhance their batting and spin bowling skills,” CSA High Performance Manager, Vincent Barnes, said in a statement.

“We have called up our experienced spinners to make for a well-balanced team. I believe that this camp will prove highly beneficial to everyone involved.”

Former Proteas batsman McKenzie shared his views on the objectives for the camp.

“CSA has identified the opportunity to get our players to play spin better. The earlier we can get our players to understanding what they need to do when playing and/or against spin, the better it is for us to understand and nurture the talent for the future of our national teams.

“With most of our senior spinners away in England, this provides an opportunity for more players to come in and get exposed to our spin play and methods.

“A lot of information is being shared with experienced coaches, and the combination of young and experienced talent. At times, one learns more off senior players more than coaches.

“We believe this will provide the players with confidence to thrive and apply pressure when playing against spin; the spinners getting better with their game and batters dealing with spin conditions,” McKenzie concluded.

Maketa added: “One of the negative effects of Covid-19 was that for the past three years, our teams could not travel to the India where spin is more favourable. Seeing that we play so much cricket in the subcontinent, it is very crucial that we expose our spinners to the subcontinent conditions.

“It was important for us not to get left behind with our spin play, hence we’ve come to Durban. We have ensured that we tailormade the wickets to suit spin and challenge our players.

“Experienced coaches will be assisting them in not only technically playing spin, but also having the strategy to deal with a spinning ball.

“Their growth will be monitored to ensure that we provide a continuous learning process for our players.”