Kirsten To Join Proteas, Steyn Rested

Gary Kirsten, Graeme Smith
Gary Kirsten (left) will join up with the Proteas as a batting mentor in the United Arab Emirates
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Former South Africa head coach Gary Kirsten is set to join up with the Proteas as a batting mentor while Dale Steyn is rested for the first two One-Day Internationals against Pakistan.

Colin Ingram has also been placed on standby as Hashim Amla remains in South Africa awaiting the birth of his second child.

Kirsten stood down as head coach earlier this year but will join up with the squad for five days between the second and third ODIs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

"Gary is a World Cup winning coach and it would be naïve for us not to tap into his wisdom. We have a crop of young batsmen in the squad we feel will gain a lot of insight from his vast batting experience and knowledge," team manager Mohammed Moosajee said.

"We are going into an important phase leading up to the World Cup so it will be important for us to tap into as many resources available to us as possible." 

Heading in the other direction, Steyn will return to South Africa as the Proteas play the first two ODIs on 30th October and 1st November in Sharjah and Dubai.

He missed training ahead of the second Test in Dubai with a tight hamstring but was cleared to play and will return to the UAE ahead of the third ODI and is expected to also be available for the Twenty20 International series that follows.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

14th-18th October: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
PAK 442 & 45-3 beat RSA 249 & 232 by 7 wickets
23rd-27th October: 2nd Test, Dubai
RSA 517 beat PAK 99 & 326 by an innings & 92 runs
30th October: 1st ODI, Sharjah
RSA 183 beat PAK 182 by 1 run
1st November: 2nd ODI, Dubai
PAK 209 beat RSA 143 by 66 runs
6th November: 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 259-8 beat PAK 191 by 68 runs
8th November: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 266-5 beat PAK 238 by 28 runs
11th November: 5th ODI, Sharjah
RSA 268-7 beat PAK 151 by 117 runs
13th November: 1st T20I, Dubai
RSA 99-1 beat PAK 98-9 by 9 wickets
15th November: 2nd T20I, Dubai
RSA 150-5 beat PAK 144-9 by 6 runs