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'Amazing to have someone like Jacques Kallis in' – Rabada
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'Amazing to have someone like Jacques Kallis in' – Rabada

Kagiso Rabada on Thursday endorsed South Africa’s new coaching set-up which includes former batting great Jacques Kallis.

Couple of days back, Kallis was appointed South Africa’s batting consultant for the duration of the summer.

"It's amazing to have someone like Jacques Kallis in," Rabada said of Kallis.

"I've never worked with him, he's a great of the game. So is (new head coach) Mark Boucher."

Rabada said the presence and knowledge of Kallis and Boucher would be invaluable as they are seeking to regroup following a turmoil in CSA.

"Just to hear their knowledge... it doesn't even have to be skill-based, just mentally how you want to approach certain situations. It's great to have them around. They speed up the learning process."

After the retirements of Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn, Rabada will be spearheading the pace attack. In the absence of Lungi Ngidi, the expectations are likely to increase on the 24-year-old.

He also praised the return of Charl Langeveldt, who left his post in Bangladesh to work for South Africa as bowling coach.

"I really enjoy working with him. He's in the same light as Mark and Jacques. They know what they are talking about. They've been playing at this level for a very long time. Everything is well-drilled and well-oiled. There's no hesitation, they have a plan and they're really decisive."

Rabada said he was glad that Enoch Nkwe, who was briefly South Africa's first black African national coach when he took the side to India earlier this season as interim team director, had decided to accept a position as assistant coach to Boucher.

"Enoch is someone I've worked with since age group level, so have other guys like Quinny (De Kock) and Temba (Bavuma)," said Rabada. "The guys who have worked with him know his quality. He's a valuable person to have in the change room.

"He would have had to make a decision whether he was going to walk away or stay. I'm really glad he stayed because I have a relationship with him and so do a lot of the young players who are in the one-day and T20 formats. He's made a decision to invest in the team... hopefully we can reap our rewards.”