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Gary Kirsten back with South Africa team as batting mentor

Gary Kirsten (left) with South Africa captain Graeme Smith

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Gary Kirsten will make a surprise return to the South Africa team as a 'batting mentor', just months after resigning as coach.

Kirsten will work with the squad for five days between the second and third one-day internationals against Pakistan in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

"Gary is a World Cup winning coach and it would be naive for us not to tap into his wisdom," said team manager Mohammed Moosajee.

"We have a crop of young batsmen in the squad we feel will gain a lot of insight from his vast batting experience and knowledge.

"We are going into an important phase leading up to the World Cup so it will be important for us to tap into as many resources available to us as possible."

Kirsten stepped down after two years as South Africa coach in June saying he wanted to spend more time with his young family.

South Africa meet Pakistan in five one-day internationals starting on Wednesday.