• Shezi turns to Langeveldt for help

    Cape Cobras seamer Mthokozisi Shezi is attempting to remodel his bowling action in a bid to become a regular member of South Africa’s ODI team.

    Shezi is using the off-season to try to add pace and late swing to his left-arm bowling, which he hopes will take him to the next level and hopefully challenge for a spot in the national ODI side.

    Shezi has worked with newly appointed Proteas bowling coach Charl Langeveldt for the past two weeks to try to achieve this goal.

    The 27-year-old told Langeveldt he wanted to improve his bowling and felt that adjusting his action might be the way to go. After viewing video footage of his action, Langeveldt suggested a few steps to aid his action.

    Shezi said he is hopeful that the amended action, which might take about five months to implement, will be instrumental in helping him make the step up.

    He took 1-8 in six overs in his maiden One-Day International game for South Africa against Zimbabwe. His economy and discipline were standout features of a promising international debut for the Proteas.

    Having tasted some success at the highest level, Shezi wants more, but realizes that the placement of his feet in his bowling action and his body position can all be improved during the next few months.

    ‘I cannot stay at the same place as a bowler as last season, because other bowlers will improve and I need to do the same,’ he said.