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Gibson confirmed as new Proteas head coach

Gibson has been handed a two-year contract, which will run from mid-September until the end of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

England bowling coach Ottis Gibson. Picture: @OdgibsonOttis/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - England bowling coach Ottis Gibson has been appointed as the new head coach of the Proteas on a two-year contract, taking over from Russell Domingo, whose tenure ended after the tour of England early this month.

Gibson will assume his new role from mid-September until the end of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, giving him time to see out his responsibilities with the English side in their Test series against the West Indies, which is currently ongoing.

The 48-year-old took over as England bowling coach in 2007 for his first stint, before leaving his post to take over as the West Indies head coach and guiding them to the 2010 T20 World Cup, the 2011 Cricket World Cup and then to victory in the 2012 T20 World Cup.

He was reappointed as England’s bowling coach in 2015 and has been in that position until now.

Domingo, who took over Gary Kirsten as South Africa’s head coach in 2013, has been reappointed as the coach of the ‘A’ side, despite reapplying for his job.

In a statement sent via Cricket South Africa, Gibson says he is looking forward to his new journey, after the many pleasant years he had as a player in South Africa.

"I am delighted to embark on this new chapter in my coaching career and I would like to thank Cricket South Africa for giving me this opportunity and the England and Wales Cricket Board for their understanding of my position. I have spent a number of happy times in South Africa as a player and I am now looking forward to return as a coach."

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