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Ottis Gibson tapped for Proteas top job

Proteas Test captain Faf du Plessis says he spoke to England stars Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes about Gibson, who highly recommended him.

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

CAPE TOWN - Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis confirmed that Ottis Gibson has been recommended by the CSA coaching panel to be the next South African head coach.

The panel includes the likes of former Protea head coaches Gary Kirsten and Eric Simons and former CSA President Norman Arendse.

Rumours have been swirling around with regards to the appointment of the new head coach, with reports out of the United Kingdom suggesting that Gibson was the front runner.

At a press conference in Cape Town, Du Plessis gave the clearest indication of Gibson’s possible appointment.

“As far as we know, what has been told to us is that the decision has been made by the coaching panel. And they’ve chosen Ottis Gibson as their recommendation, and now that goes to the board, and the board decides whether they want to use that recommendation or not.”

Du Plessis says he sourced various opinions on Gibson, who has previously coached the West Indies before taking up the post as England bowling coach.

“I actually spoke to a few of the West Indian players because he was their coach there. And then spoke to the English guys about him being their bowling coach and their thoughts on him. Obviously, there were one or two differences of opinion, but from a culture point of view we are closer to the English players in the way we play our cricket than the West Indies culture would be.”

The South African captain was happy with the feedback he received from the English players.

“The comments were positive, I spoke to Ben Stokes who I played with at Pune, and he said he’s a really good bowling coach. Not sure what he will be like as a head coach but he’s a really good bowling coach. The other I spoke to was Eoin Morgan, just from a captaincy point of view. How does he find working with him and also he said he was really good and he was a good guy.

Incumbent head coach Russell Domingo’s contract expires after the tour of England, he was told earlier in the year that he would have to apply for his job. The recent tour was a challenging one for the South African side. The team lost a series in each format whilst also failing to progress past the group stages in the ICC Champions Trophy.

The coaching panel’s recommendation means that the CSA board must now approve the recommendation. CSA have yet to comment on the matter.