Former Proteas coach Gary Kirsten has reportedly travelled to the United Kingdom to interview for the position of England head coach.
Former England head coach Trevor Bayliss’ tenure ended with last month’s 2-2 Ashes series draw and a successor is required ahead of tours to New Zealand and South Africa later this year.
If appointed, Kirsten would only likely start during the tour of South Africa due to commitment to the Durban Heat in the 2019 Mzansi Super League.
‘There is a man out there who fits this bill. His name is Gary Kirsten, the South African with an unmatched pedigree among the requirements for England captain Joe Root. Kirsten made a mountain of runs the hard way, has coached both India and South Africa in all formats, and earned universal respect for his serenity and wisdom,’ renowned cricket commentator Mark Nicholas wrote in a recent ESPNcricinfo column.
‘He is a kind man, well versed in modern ways and tough as they come. The great players of the age have benefited from his calm approach to the teachings of cricket – indeed Giles could call any one of Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni for a reference to this understated but never undervalued man for all seasons.
‘Kirsten will take some persuading. It is not in the family’s instinct to up sticks but the value of the South African rand against sterling can make for convincing bait; that and the challenge of setting England straight on the path to the first World Test Championship final at home in two years’ time,’ added Nicholas.
The 51-year-old Kirsten has worked with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League and Hobart Hurricanes in Australia’s Big Bash League. He will coach the Western Fire in the England and Wales Cricket Board’s The Hundred next year.
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