Jacques Kallis has been roped in as South Africa's batting consultant for the duration of the summer.
He joins Mark Boucher's backroom staff alongside Charl Langeveldt in the new set-up spearheaded by Cricket South Africa director of cricket Graeme Smith.
The 44-year-old bowed out of international cricket in 2014 after an illustrious career spanning almost two decades.
Kallis, who amassed 62 international centuries, boasts the relevant coaching experience as he previously served as the Kolkata Knight Riders head coach from 2016 to 2019.
He was also Kolkata's batting consultant for the 2015 edition of the Indian Premier League.
#BreakingNews Former Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder, @jacqueskallis75 has been named as the team’s batting consultant for the duration of the summer. He will join the squad for their camp starting in Pretoria today (Wednesday). #Thread#ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/aHOnlovt1c— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) December 18, 2019
The batting maestro has been included in the new coaching regime of the Proteas at a time when South Africa cricket is facing several administrative crises.
Amidst the troubling backdrop, skipper Faf du Plessis recently stressed on the need to focus on cricket ahead of the gruelling action-packed summer.
South Africa's home season includes a four-Test series against England followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is. They will then host the Australian team for three T20Is and three ODIs.