• Hero Ngidi praises coaching staff

    Lungi Ngidi has heaped praise on bowling coach Charl Langeveldt and the work done on his mental game following his Buffalo Park heroics.

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    The 23-year-old helped his side to an unlikely victory after taking three wickets for just 10 runs in his final two overs on Wednesday.

    ‘He’s had a massive impact in terms of the mental side,’ said Ngidi.

    ‘Having watched the way he used to bowl has obviously given me as a young player a lot of confidence knowing that someone like that is now on my journey. He’s made sure that I back the skills that I’m good at to produce something like that at the back end.’

    The fast bowler also took time out to mention Proteas coach Mark Boucher. The pair have a history with the former Proteas wicketkeeper having spent time with the Titans as head coach.

    ‘Bouch is someone who is very honest and we know that there are a lot of fast bowlers now fighting for a spot,’ he said.

    ‘I’m not planning on letting anyone take my spot, so I’m just going to keep playing as best I can.’

    The return to form will no doubt please Ngidi and the coaching staff after he was dispatched to all parts in the third ODI against England at the Wanderers on the weekend. He conceded 36 from his first three overs and 52 from five before coming back strongly to end with figures of 3-63 in nine overs.

    The T20 series moves to Kingsmead for Friday’s second match.

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