Keeper Foster gives valuable tips
It’s not every day a young wicketkeeper gets to train one-on-one with a former international but that’s exactly what happened with 12-year-old Kai Smith.
The young South African has made huge strides at Pro Coach/ Kings Cricket Academy, and after making a mark with his performances, director of cricket Kobus Olivier organised a two-anda-half hour session with ex-England wicketkeeper James Foster.
The 36-year-old, who played seven Tests and 11 ODIs, was in Dubai as a member of Scotland’s coaching team during their Desert T20 campaign last month.
The ex-Essex cricketer worked on various specialist wicketkeeping skills with Smith, who understandably was left in awe.
“James’ passion for wicketkeeping and his genuine desire to make a difference is infectious and it gave me the belief to become the best wicketkeeper I can be,” he said.
“His hunger for cricket has made me realise that I need to set my goals high and I’m ready to work even harder in achieving my objectives.”
Smith will have another chance to pick Foster’s brains during the summer in England.
“Kai is extremely talented and a natural wicketkeeper with great reflexes and I’m looking forward to working with him again in the UK during the summer season,” said Foster.
Olivier added: “There are very few specialist wicketkeeping coaches. Usually wicketkeepers are given some keeping drills and then very much left on their own. For Kai to work with a former Test wicketkeeper was priceless.”
In safe hands: Smith had a one-on-one session with ex-England keeper Foster.