England coach Trevor Bayliss says ‘it sounds like’ Ottis Gibson is set to be named the head coach of the Proteas.
With England’s three-match Test series against West Indies already getting started next week Thursday, there’s very little time for reflection after what was a successful multi-format series against the Proteas which saw them win the ODI, T20 and Test series.
While they wouldn’t have forecasted the need for a change up of the backroom staff in between the series, they might well find themselves without a bowling coach, after reports surfaced that Ottis Gibson was in line for to take over Russell Domingo as the Proteas head coach.
While England coach Trevor Bayliss said he’s ‘at a loss’ as to whether it’s going ahead, the chats he would have had with Gibson, along with the numerous reports that have circulated, he all but confirmed that he’s going to need to find a replacement.
‘I only found out from you guys [the press] – that’s the first we’d heard of it,’ Bayliss said.
‘Nothing’s been finalised yet. I’m at a loss whether it’s a go ahead – we haven’t heard for sure.
‘By all accounts, it sounds like it.’
Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis was fairly candid about the issue, and admitted that while Domingo ‘is doing a good job’, the idea of having someone who can take them to the next level pleased him.
‘I just gave my input, where I said I think Russell is doing a good job at the moment … but if there is someone who can challenge the team more, by all means go and look who’s out there,’ he said.
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