Robert Croft to join England coaching team for South Africa ODIs

Robert Croft
Robert Croft (right) is currently on the coaching staff at Glamorgan

Former off-spinner Robert Croft is to join England's coaching staff for the one-day leg of their tour to South Africa.

Croft, who played 21 Tests and 50 one-day internationals, will work with the spin bowlers for a 12-day period.

The 45-year-old is currently on the coaching staff at his former county Glamorgan.

England are also set to re-hire former limited-overs captain Paul Collingwood as a coach for the World T20.

Collingwood worked with England during the white-ball part of their tour of the UAE and assisted then coach Ashley Giles at the 2014 World T20.

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

Croft, who played first-class cricket until the age of 42, said: "It's extra experience for me and if the opportunity presents itself to help the lads I will. I'm there to observe and primarily be a sounding board for the spin bowlers, but will give any additional help as required.

"Looking from afar, this England team seems to have a no-fear attitude at the moment.

"There's a confidence about these England players and the side is well balanced in terms of age and experience."

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