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Conrad ‘well-prepared’, talks up Proteas synergy with Walter forward of England ODIs

Shukri Conrad

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  • Shukri Conrad admits that he’s well-prepared to take over the Proteas forward of their three-match ODI sequence towards England.
  • Conrad’s first nationwide project can be as interim one-day coach with SA’s white-ball coach Rob Walter nonetheless in New Zealand.
  • Chatting with reporters, Conrad insists that there’s a fantastic synergy between Walter and himself as they give the impression of being to take the Proteas ahead.

Shukri Conrad says he’s well-prepared forward of his first project as Proteas coach with South Africa internet hosting England for 3 ODIs.

The sequence, which takes place in Bloemfontein and Kimberley, varieties a part of the World Cup Tremendous League.

Conrad, who’s the Proteas’ Check coach, would be the caretaker ODI coach for this week’s  sequence as white-ball coach Rob Walter is at the moment in New Zealand teaching the Otago Volts.

The 55-year-old has lengthy been concerned in cricket in South Africa, from his taking part in days to main the Cape Cobras to a few home titles.

Conrad labored within the Nationwide Academy as its head coach, teaching numerous SA A, Invitational and Rising sides earlier than settling because the SA Underneath-19 coach.

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Conrad’s first project won’t be the Check facet however overseeing the Proteas’ powerful ODI sequence towards the reigning World Cup-winning group, England.

“There have been instances after I by no means thought that it might come to fruition. However it’s all about timing and I’m in all probability as well-prepared as I ever would’ve been a number of years in the past,” Conrad advised reporters on Wednesday.

“There would’ve in all probability be some areas of concern, however I really feel I am well-prepared.”

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The Proteas have to win at the least one of many ODIs towards England to nonetheless be within the operating for automated qualification for this yr’s Cricket World Cup in India.

Walter is predicted to return for the Proteas for his or her two-match ODI sequence towards the Netherlands set for 31 March and a pair of April.

Conrad acknowledged that he has had each day conversations with Walter in preparation for this week’s ODI sequence towards England.

“I’ve a beautiful relationship with Rob, we share related concepts for the sport. We’re in dialog actually day-after-day by way of the place we really feel the group is at,” stated Conrad.

“I am on the bottom right here and he’s eleven hours forward of me so I have been entrusted to take care of choice and to take care of issues. That is my sequence now.

“If one seems on the purple ball and white ball parts, the 2 have grown nearer collectively should you take a look at how the codecs are being performed. So there’s lots of synergy between Rob and I.

“I feel we’re a extremely good match for South African cricket. Rob has a number of years on me by way of youth and he brings that power.

The opening ODI on Friday begins at 13:00.

Proteas squad for England ODIs:

Temba Bavuma (captain, Lions), Quinton de Kock (Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Lions), Marco Jansen (Warriors), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans), Sisanda Magala (Lions), Keshav Maharaj, (Dolphins), Janneman Malan (Rocks), Aiden Markram (Titans), David Miller (Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Wayne Parnell (Western Province), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Lions).

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