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Fri Apr 25 01:51:22 SAST 2014

Cobras to be coached by Gogga

CRAIG RAY | 27 June, 2012 06:260 Comments
Former Proteas spinner Paul Adams has been named as the new Cape Cobras coach, taking over from Richard Pybus who resigned earlier this year
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FORMER Proteas spinner Paul Adams was introduced as the new Cape Cobras coach on Tuesday.

Adams, 35, is still young enough to be playing at provincial level but he has limited coaching experience.

He was the Western Cape Academy coach and Cricket SA spin-bowling consultant.

The decision by the board of Western Cape Cricket can be seen as risk or an inspired choice.

Despite his lack of experience, Adams, known as "Gogga" in his playing days because of his unusual bowling action, will have the goodwill of the board and the support of the players, many of whom are seasoned professionals.

Previous coach Richard Pybus resigned earlier this year after losing the support of most of the players.

Adams will have to pick up the pieces and show the steel to stamp his authority.

To that end, the appointment of Justin Ontong as skipper for the season will help. The veteran allrounder is a good friend of the new coach, having played together for many seasons.

"It's important to get everyone pulling in the same direction after what happened towards the end of last season," Adams said.

"But I've been involved in pre-season training with the guys for the last couple of months and the feeling in the squad is positive.

"We will discuss any issues but I know that everyone is on board."

Adams dismissed suggestions that he was too close to some of the players.

"My youthfulness is a positive because it brings a lot of energy to the side and because I never really left the structures between when I played and now, the players know me," Adams said.

"I think they respect my knowledge and input and I've also got a great technical team around me."

Ontong said: "There will be no problems from the players' side in cooperating with Paul. We've already seen that he's a good coach and we respect him . "

Adams has been involved in Western Cape cricket since bursting into the scene as an 18-year-old spin bowling prodigy and becomes the first post-apartheid Proteas player to coach the team.

KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union CEO Jesse Chellan has ruled former Lions coach Dave Nosworthy out of the running for the vacant Dolphins coaching position.

Nosworthy's sudden resignation this week sparked speculation he would join the only provincial team still without a full-time coach.

"We've already gone through our application process, we've shortlisted, we've just finished our interviews and Dave is not part of that process," Chellan said.

Chellan said a meeting held this week narrowed the shortlisted candidates from five to two.

Interim coach Lance Klusenef is in the running for the job.

West Indian Eldine Baptiste and former Cape Cobras coach Shukri Conrad are the other names said to be in the running for the post. - Additional reporting by Sbu Mjikeliso

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