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.

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