'The only thing I can think of is that I was fairly high risk': Gary Kirsten says family commitments hindered his bid to become England coach

Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Author 2019-10-22 02:30:00

Gary Kirsten believes his family circumstances may have counted against him after losing out to Chris Silverwood in the race to become England coach.

Silverwood was named as Trevor Bayliss' successor earlier this month and is now jetting out to lead the side for the first time in their tour of New Zealand, but only won through after an interview process that saw Kirsten enter the frame in a big way.

His successful stints in charge of India and his native South Africa made him a strong candidate, and many made him hot favourite, but in the end it was Silverwood who made the strongest case.

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Gary Kirsten feels he missed out on the England cricket job due to his family commitments

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Chris Silverwood was appointed the new coach last month after a long recruitment process

Kirsten will instead focus on his franchise work, including his new role with Welsh Fire in The Hundred. Speaking after the competition's inaugural draft, Kirsten offered up his insistence on taking regular time away as a potential reason for being overlooked.

'It would have been a great opportunity, very exciting. I wouldn't have flown across the world if it wasn't,' he said.

'I've always wanted to be involved in English cricket. I only came over because I was excited by the opportunity. I didn't get a huge amount of feedback so the only thing I can think of is that I was fairly high risk.

'My kids are little and I placed a huge importance on being able to see them as regularly as I could.

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Kirsten will now turn his attentions to coaching new hundred ball franchise Welsh Fire

'But I discussed it with my wife, we've done it before with India so we know the space, and we said "we'll make it work if we can".

'It is hectic, without a doubt, probably 250 days year away from home. I'd love to get back in to international cricket but I'm not bothered by the decision, everyone makes the call they need to.

'It's great to be part of The Hundred, actually. I was going to lose that if I got the England job and this will be exciting.'

Kirsten will be in charge of England World Cup winners Jonny Bairstow and Liam Plunkett at the Cardiff-based team, and also added Australia pair Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc during the televised draft.

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