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South African yougsters to attend spin bowling course in India


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Johannesburg, May 11: In an effort to groom youngsters for playing in sub-continent conditions, Cricket South Africa (CSA) will send a team of eight promising spinners and six batsmen for a week-long spin bowling course in Mumbai from Saturday.

"The programme has been one of the major features on the CSA HP Skills Programme and has been held annually either in India or Sri Lanka," CSA High Performance Manager Vinnie Barnes said. 

The eight selected spin bowlers are Bjorn Fortuin, Simon Harmer, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Tshepo Ntuli, Aaron Phangiso, Dane Piedt, and Prenelan Subrayen. 

The batsmen going on the course are Temba Bavuma, Reeza Hendricks, Smangaliso Nhlebela, Hector Ngobeni, Stiaan van Zyl, and Dane Vilas. 

The group will be accompanied by CSA batting consultant HD Ackerman, and CSA spin bowling consultant Claude Henderson. 

"Simon Harmer, Dane Piedt, Prenalen Subrayen and Keshav Maharaj who have been on previous spin camps, have seen the benefits of working with top Indian spin coaches," Barnes said. 

"It has also become quite an important initiative to improve our batsmen's techniques and game plans against spin. Temba Bavuma, Rilee Rossouw and Stiaan van Zyl are some of the batsmen who have credited their improvement of batting against spin to the spin camps (in the subcontinent)," Barnes added.

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