Burger embraces SA ‘A’ challenge
Durban – KZN Inland head coach, Shane Burger’s recent run of success with
the Pietermaritzburg based Provincial side has resulted in a call-up to
join the South Africa ‘A’ team in Australia for the 50-over quadrangular
series against Australia ‘A’, India ‘A’ and the host nation’s National
Performance Squad which starts on Saturday.
With Warriors coach, Malibongwe Maketa having overseen proceedings during
SA ‘A’s two four-day clashes against Australia ‘A’ already, Burger was set
to provide assistance to former Titans mentor, Rob Walter for the limited
Walter’s acceptance of the head coach role at Otago, New Zealand in July
though now sees Burger set to work with Cricket South Africa’s High
Performance Manager and former Proteas bowling coach, Vincent Barnes.
“I’m really excited to be part of the South Africa ‘A’ mix and it is such
a great opportunity for me,” says Burger, who steered his KZN Inland squad
to two of 2015/16’s three available Provincial crowns.
“It’s nice to be recognized for all the hard work that goes in behind the
“I went to Australia with a Johannesburg North junior team when I was just
fifteen or sixteen years old so it is great to go back to the Gold Coast
where it all started for me,” he adds.
Having only recently called time on his playing career, Burger has already
left a telling impression on the coaching front.
The 33-year-old hopes the trip Down Under will help him continue his
development as a coach.
“SA ‘A’s four-day squad included a lot of test players – many of whom have
a bit of a point to prove – and a few of the one-day guys have now come
over for the 50-over stuff, so there is plenty of incredible talent in the
“I played with and against quite a few of the guys during my playing days
and it is very exciting to now be given the chance to work with players of
“Australia and India are also two of the top cricketing nations in the
world so it really is a great learning opportunity, not only for the
players but for me as well.”
While an exciting opportunity, Burger’s promotion does come at an
unfortunate price – the trip preventing the KZN Inland coach from being
able to oversee his charges’ efforts during the upcoming Africa T20 Cup.
“The Africa T20 Cup is big goal of ours at Inland for the season,” says
Burger. “Hopefully we can go one better than our runners-up effort last
“Sadly, with me still being in Australia at the same time as our Pool A
campaign, I won’t be there for this year’s tournament.
“Our guys have been working really hard during the winter though and I’m
confident they will put in another great performance in their own backyard
in Pietermaritzburg over the first weekend of September.”
With Keshav Maharaj having jetted home at the conclusion of the four-day
series without playing a game, Burger and Andile Phehlukwayo are joined by
Sunfoil Dolphins team mate Khaya Zondo for the 50-over competition.
South Africa ‘A’ get the quadrangular underway on Saturday, 13 August with
a clash against Cricket Australia’s National Performance Squad at the Tony
Ireland Stadium in Townsville, Queensland.
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