Proteas batsman Kyle Verreynne is trying to learn as much as possible from the Proteas coaching and management staff since his involvement with the national team started against England earlier this year.
The Cobras star was named as part of the ODI squad to face Eoin Morgan’s men but did not debut in any of the three encounters. However, he got his chance in the recent series against Australia.
The right-hander’s ability with the bat helped the Proteas to a series whitewash over the visitors with scores of 48.3 and 50.
The 22-year-old proved his composure and talent against a pretty experienced and dangerous Australian attack, which suggests he could form part of Mark Boucher’s long-term plans of building a new ODI team.
Verreynne has especially been relishing the opportunity to gain knowledge and insights from the coaching set-up, which a number of former Proteas players joined prior to England’s tour to South Africa in December.
Boucher, Jacques Kallis, Charl Langeveldt and Justin Ontong are some of the ex-Proteas in the current coaching ranks.
And, according to Verreynne, it is worth every second being able to learn from someone like Kallis in order to improve his game.
‘Most of them have played international cricket,’ said Verreynne.
‘They bring a lot of experience or past experience of playing at that level. Working with Jacques Kallis is really enjoyable.
‘Just being able to tap into his brain and find out what worked for him at international level and what made him successful for so long; you’re not always going to get the opportunity to get that information. I try to take as much out of it as I possibly could,’ Verreynne said.