Former West Indies coach Ottis Gibson is Proteas' preferred choice for new head coach, Faf du Plessis says

Ottis Gibson was coach of Windies between 2010 and 2014 before rejoining England and taking up his previous role as bowling specialist.

Reuters, August 10, 2017

Cape Town: England bowling coach Ottis Gibson is South Africa's preferred choice as new head coach, the Proteas' Test captain Faf du Plessis said on Thursday.

Du Plessis made the announcement, which followed media speculation in both countries, at a press conference on the team’s return home from England, where Gibson helped mastermind the hosts' 3-1 test series win.

File image of Ottis Gibson. AFP

File image of Ottis Gibson. AFP

Incumbent Russell Domingo's contract will expire next month and although he had reapplied for the job, according to Du Plessis he is not the favourite to get it.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) convened a selection panel including former national team coaches Gary Kirsten and Eric Simons to identify an individual to take the team forward.

"It's been told to us that the decision has been made by the coaching panel," Du Plessis told reporters.

"They've chosen Ottis Gibson as their recommendation and now, the board decides whether they want to use that recommendation or not."

Du Plessis said he had already done extensive homework on his potential new coach.

"For me it was important, because I don't know Ottis, to try and find something out about him," he said.

"I spoke to a few of the West Indian players because he was their coach and then I spoke to the English guys about their thoughts on him."

"There were one or two differences in opinion, but the comments were positive."

Barbadian Gibson was coach of Windies between 2010 and 2014 before rejoining England and taking up his previous role as bowling specialist.

Updated Date: Aug 10, 2017





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5599 124
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3474 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114