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Conrad 'well-prepared', talks up Proteas synergy with Walter ahead of England ODIs

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Shukri Conrad says he is well-prepared ahead of his first assignment as Proteas coach with South Africa hosting England for three ODIs.The series, which takes place in Bloemfontein and Kimberley, forms part of the World Cup Super League.Conrad, who is the Proteas' Test coach, will be the caretaker ODI coach for this week's  series as white-ball coach Rob Walter is currently in New Zealand coaching the Otago Volts.The 55-year-old has long been involved in cricket in South Africa, from his playing days to leading the Cape Cobras to three domestic titles.Conrad worked in the National Academy as its head coach, coaching various SA A, Invitational and Emerging sides before settling as the SA Under-19 coach.READ | Shukri Conrad, Proteas' 'calm' new Test coach: 'He understands our past, challenges and youngsters'Conrad's first assignment will not be the Test side but overseeing the Proteas' tough ODI series against the reigning World Cup-winning team, England."There were times when I never thought that it would come to fruition.

But it's all about timing and I am probably as well-prepared as I ever would've been a few years ago," Conrad told reporters on Wednesday."There would've probably be some areas of concern, but I feel I'm well-prepared."ALSO READ | SA v England: It'll be no series for fainthearted bowlersThe Proteas need to win at least one of the ODIs against England to still be in the running for automatic qualification for this year's Cricket World Cup in India.Walter is expected to return for the Proteas for their two-match ODI series against the Netherlands set for 31 March and 2 April.Conrad acknowledged that he has had daily conversations with Walter in preparation for this week's ODI series against England."I

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