• Stokes backs Kirsten amid England talk

    All-rounder Ben Stokes has heralded former Proteas coach Gary Kirsten’s credentials, as England seek a successor for the outgoing Trevor Bayliss.

    Bayliss’ tenure as head coach ended with a 2-2 Ashes series draw earlier this year. England require a new head coach ahead of this year’s tours of New Zealand and South Africa.

    ‘I’ve seen Gary’s name has been thrown about – he’s got a great record as a coach and, from what I’ve heard, he’s a brilliant man to have around the changing room,’ said Stokes.

    ‘It’s not going to be too new to him, it will be just a new country, if he ends up getting the job. Good luck following Trevor is all I’ve got to say.’

    The 51-year-old Kirsten won the 2011 World Cup with India and 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. He has also agreed to coach the Durban Heat in South Africa’s Mzansi Super League this year.

    ‘He’s very experienced in what he does, he’s done franchise competitions, he’s done a couple of international teams as well,’ added Stokes.

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