Wandile Gwavu has been appointed Proteas fielding coach for the white-ball setup.
The 36-year-old, who took charge of the fielding during South Africa’s limited-overs series against the West Indies and Netherlands this past summer, joins Rob Walter’s team on a full-time basis alongside batting coach JP Duminy.
As Lions head coach, Gwavu was named Domestic Coach of the Season in his first year in charge (2019) and has led the Highveld team to five titles in four seasons – the most by any Lions coach.
He was also assistant coach to both the Jozi Stars (Mzansi Super League) and Joburg Super Kings (SA20) and enjoyed national spells with the SAU19s and SA A side.
Hailing from Langa in Cape Town, Gwavu played age-group cricket for Eastern Province and was part of their Academy before he took up coaching.
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“We are pleased to confirm Wandile as the fielding coach for the Proteas men’s limited-overs team,” said CSA director of cricket Enoch Nkwe. “He brings a wealth of experience at the highest level in South African cricket with a coaching career that speaks volumes.
“With the fine margins and the ever-increasing stakes in 50-over and T20 cricket, fielding has become a critical part of any successful team and we strongly believe Wandile’s expertise will help the Proteas maintain their strong tradition of fielding excellence across both formats.
“Wandile also permanently joins the set-up during an exciting period as the team transition into a crucial preparatory phase ahead of the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India later this year.”