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Croft jumps to England's rescue

January 11, 2016 14:00 IST

England turn to Croft for spin tips in South Africa

Robert Croft

IMAGE: Robert Croft to assist England slow bowlers. Photograph: Julian Herbert/Getty Images

England will draft in former international off-spinner Robert Croft to assist their slow bowlers during the five-match One-day International series in South Africa starting on February 3.

Croft will join the coaching team of Trevor Bayliss, Paul Farbrace, Ottis Gibson and Graham Thorpe as a consultant spin bowling coach for a 12-day period at the start of the series.

"Robert has had success in both domestic and international cricket during his career and he'll have plenty to offer the dressing room," England’s director of cricket Andrew Strauss said in a press release on Monday.

"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.

"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."

Croft, 45, played 50 ODIs during a five-year international career that ended in 2001 and was a key figure in Glamorgan's limited overs success during his 23 years playing for the club.

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