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Proteas to use cooling vest in UAE

Proteas strength and conditioning coach Greg King says they are now prepared for the heat.

Morne Morkel wearing an ice vest. Picture: CSA

CAPE TOWN - The Proteas management has come up with new ways to ensure that players are able to endure the high temperatures and humidity in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The national team is in that country for an upcoming Test series against Pakistan.

Proteas strength and conditioning coach Greg King says they are now prepared for the extreme heat.

This week, the Proteas played a three-day match against Pakistan "A" which was used as a trial run to test out methods and gadgets.

"I tried a variety of different garments during the warm-up match. We have a cooling ice vest, a bandana that is put on the head to help with head cooling and discs, which can be put on various parts of the body. All of these items have a gel inside, which is frozen in the freezer and kept cold."

King says they will also pay attention to the more conventional and equally effective methods of hydration.

"When the guys are on the field, they can't wear a full ice vest because it is quite cumbersome and there are regulations so we use that when they come off the field or during drinks breaks. It's about giving the guys a few minutes of comfort during the breaks or in between overs to try and get that extra one percent more out of them."

The series kicks off on Monday.