England have roped in the services of Robert Croft © Getty Images
England have roped in the services of Robert Croft © Getty Images

Johannesburg:  England have appointed former off-spinner Robert Croft as a consulting spin bowling coach to assist their slow bowlers ahead of the upcoming ODI series against South Africa. Confirming the news, England’s director of cricket Andrew Strauss said Croft has had success at both domestic and international level, adding that his experience would offer a lot to the side, Sport24 reported. Strauss insisted that the 45-year-old player had worked with England’s performance programme and, therefore, he hopes Croft’s involvement would prove to be beneficial for the team. ALSO READ: Russell Domingo hits back at critics following Hashim Amla’s resignation as South Africa Test skipper

Croft, who appeared in 50 ODIs for his side, would join the coaching team of Trevor Bayliss, Paul Farbrace, Ottis Gibson and Graham Thorpe for a 12-day period at the start of the series. England will play a five-match ODI series against South Africa, starting from February 3 at Chevrolet Park.

Director of Cricket for the England cricket team, Andrew Strauss  said in a statement: “Robert has had success in both domestic and international cricket during his career and he’ll have plenty to offer the dressing room. It’s an opportunity for players and coaches to exchange different ideas which is so important particularly at this stage in the side’s development.” ALSO READ: Ben Stokes better player than what I was at age 24: Ian Botham

“He has worked with our performance programme in the past and has proved a popular and valuable addition and I’ve no doubt this group of players will also gain a lot from his involvement”, added Strauss.

“I’d like to thank Hugh Morris for allowing Robert to join the coaching team in South Africa and I’m sure he’ll return with ideas that Glamorgan will benefit from as they prepare for the coming season,” Strauss concluded.