McKenzie start working with Proteas batsman

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Former Proteas and Highveld Lions batsman, Neil McKenzie, officially starts his role as the Proteas batting coach.

McKenzie becomes the first specialist batting coach for the team under Russell Domingo after the mentor advisors in the past, including former national coach, Gary Kirsten.

McKenzie starts his role as South Africa prepare for their two-match T20 international series against England.

Mackie says it’s great to be back with the team for the first time in seven years.

“It’s a tremendous honour obviously to be aiding with the batting side of things.

“It’s nice to be back in the setup, I haven’t been here since 2009, but really a good bunch and an exciting bunch, I’m keen to get stuck in and work with the professionals and try and make a difference for South Africa.”

With biggest scores and the introduction of 20-20 cricket, McKenzie says his have changed somewhat since he started his illustrious career as a batsman.

“Technically there are few things the guys do a little differently.

“The batting side of things, in terms of when I first started a lot of guys had low back-lifts, now all of a sudden with guys trying to clear fences the back-lifts have definitely gone up a lot more.

“I think it’s been a good injection in cricket, the T20’s, it shows not just the guys that can hit it out of the park, it’s a lot skill required to be successful at that level.”

Last night England wrapped up their preparations with a 44-run win over South Africa A in Paarl.

The first T20 is set for Newlands in Cape Town on Friday night.

– MORGAN PIEK