South Africa's leading run-scorer in T20Is, JP Duminy, has been named as one of two specialist consultants for the upcoming World Cup. Duminy, along with Justin Sammons, who has been with the team in Sri Lanka, will fill the void left by former assistant coach Enoch Nkwe. Cricket South Africa are in the process of identifying Nkwe's long-term replacement.
Both Duminy and Sammons are part of the current provincial coaching set-up, Duminy very recently so. He was appointed head of the batting department for the Johannesburg-based Lions over the winter, his first coaching job. Sammons, who has previously worked with the Lions, is the coach of North West province.
"Justin previously worked with the Proteas during the first part of our current tour of Sri Lanka so he has already developed a good working relationship with the players," CSA's director of cricket Graeme Smith said. "JP is a perfect fit for T20 cricket. His record as a player speaks for itself and he will bring specific skills in all three disciplines of batting, bowling and fielding."
South Africa's entire backroom staff will include head coach Mark Boucher, bowling coach Charl Langeveldt (who did not travel to Sri Lanka as he recovered from Covid-19), fielding coach Justin Ontong, Duminy and Sammons, who will share the batting coach responsibilities.
South Africa have not had a batting coach since they used Jacques Kallis in a short-term role in the 2019/20 season. Since then, CSA hired Neil McKenzie as a batting lead, but his role encompasses the national men's, women's and under-19 teams as well as the development pipeline, and he has not traveled with the men's team.
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent