Bangladesh take Neil McKenzie on as batting consultant

Bangladesh have appointed former South Africa batsman Neil McKenzie as their batting consultant for the next year.

The 42-year-old played 58 Tests, 64 one-day internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals for South Africa between 2000 and 2009, aggregating 4948 runs across the three formats.

His 415-run partnership with Graeme Smith during South Africa’s Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong remains the best for the first wicket in Test history.

McKenzie has in the past performed a similar role with the Proteas. He replaces Thilan Samaraweera the former Sri Lanka batsman who was batting coach for Bangladesh until he followed Chandika Haturusingha to the Sri Lanka team in late 2017.

The former Protea has been contracted up until the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, and will join the team during their ongoing tour of the Caribbean on 24 July.

Bangladesh have some sever concerns with their batting recording a shocking sequence of Test scores in the Caribbean that read 43, 144, 149 and 168. They lost those Tests by an innings and 219 runs and by 166 runs respectively but will be hoping to bounce back in the shorter formats of the game.

The Tigers qualified for the World Cup automatically but anything other than a strong display against the West Indies will see them heading towards the quadrennial showpiece as rank outsiders for a semi-final berth.