Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Look on the bright side: Charl Langeveldt


South African bowling coach Charl Langeveldt feels that despite South Africa being mollywhopped from pillar to post the entire summer in Tests, there are positives and reasons for hope. It started with an absolute battering in the sub-continent at the hands of a rampant Indian side, there was a brief respite for a minute as Fortress Centurion stood tall, and then continued through three beatings of increasing severity against England.  
“When I started with Cricket SA in December‚ we had a Test series against England which did not give us a lot of time as a unit to gel as a team‚” said Langeveldt, himself a former Test cricketer"
“We had a lot of youngsters coming into the setup and that was really hard.
“In saying that I also think there were lots of positives from the Test series. I think the guys played really well in patches but as a unit we couldn’t get it together as a bowling and as a batting unit.”
Langeveldt was added to the Protea backroom staff with less than two weeks to go before the commencement of the England series. His rather late parachuting in resembled the chaotic nature of cricket in South Africa last summer as they changed CEOs, coaches (twice), backroom staff, and suspended their Director of Cricket and the CFO. It was chaos in the Fawlty towers. 

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