South Africa news August 13, 2012

Spin the focus for SA youngsters at India camp

ESPNcricinfo staff

Thirteen young South African cricketers nominated by the national board will take part in a nine-day training session in Bangalore to prepare for their domestic season, which starts next month. The squad - comprising six batsmen, six spinners and a fast bowler - will to be coached by former India spinner Sunil Joshi, among others.

One of the focus areas is developing a generation of black batsmen - South Africa have never had a black African batsman. "We identified some of the most talented black African batsmen in an attempt to further develop their skill set," CSA's General Manager Corrie van Zyl said.

Another target, he said, was to help spinners develop, and to allow batsmen to learn playing spin on spin-friendly pitches.

Former South Africa spinner Nicky Boje will accompany the squad in the absence of Paul Adams, who resigned as CSA's spin consultant to take up coaching responsibilities for the domestic team Cape Cobras in June.

"[Boje] is a fantastic person to mentor our next generation of spinners and we look forward to calling upon his expertise to ensure proper development of our spin bowlers," van Zyl said.

The squad:

Spinners: Dane Piedt (Cape Cobras), Siya Simetu (Cape Cobras), Eddie Leie (Highveld Lions), Simon Harmer (Warriors), Shaun Von Berg (Titans), and Tabraiz Shamsi (Dolphins)

Fast bowler: Ayavuya Myoli (Border)

Batsmen: Khaya Zondo (Dolphins), Omphile Ramela (Highveld Lions), Grant Mokoena (Highveld Lions), Tumelo Bodibe (Titans), Mangeliso Mosehle (Titans), and Luthando Mnyanda (South Western Districts)