ENGLAND have employed legendary South African star Jacques Kallis as batting coach for the tour of Sri Lanka.
Kallis, 45, will work on a consultancy foundation and one in every of his fundamental roles can be to assist rising batsmen resembling Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley enhance their play in opposition to spin bowling.
Jacques Kallis will act as batting coach for EnglandCredit score: AFP
He was approached by head coach Chris Silverwood and crew supremo Ashley Giles earlier this month during England’s aborted trip to South Africa.
An insider mentioned: “Jacques was glad to hitch us on a consultancy foundation for the journey to Sri Lanka. The negotiations have been very fast and easy.”
Kallis joins a training set-up that features Silverwood and assistant-coach Paul Collingwood, wicketkeeping advisor James Foster, fielding coach Carl Hopkinson, bowling coach Jon Lewis and spin bowling advisor Jeetan Patel.
Kallis is likely one of the all-time nice batsmen, scoring 13,289 runs in 166 Assessments at a median of 55.37, together with 45 centuries, though he by no means scored a Check hundred in Sri Lanka.
Kallis additionally took 292 Check wickets and held 200 catches. He added one other 11,579 runs in one-day internationals.
He was famend for his technical talent and persistence. Final winter, he labored as a batting coach for South Africa – in opposition to England.
In the intervening time, there are not any plans for Kallis to work with England on the tour to India which follows Sri Lanka.
The ECB stay assured the tour to Sri Lanka will go forward – regardless of many countries blocking flights from the UK.
The crew plan to journey to Sri Lanka on a constitution flight and one other assembly between the ECB and the Sri Lankan authorities to debate preparations is scheduled for later this week.
No written media are being permitted to enter the nation.