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.

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