Gary Kirsten favourite to be selected as England head coach: Reports

The Statesman

The Statesman

Author 2019-09-27 16:17:00

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 winner England are reportedly thinking of drafting in former South African batsman Gary Kirsten as their new head coach. The decision, if taken, will make Gary the coach of England across all formats of the game.

According to a report carried by The Telegraph, Director of England cricket Ashley Giles is expected to formally begin the process of hiring a new head coach for the team this week and Kirsten has emerged as the top choice for the role up until now.

Trevor Bayliss, who was the head coach of the England team when they went on to win their maiden 50 overs World Cup in July 2019, decided to step down from his role after the Ashes series against Australia which England drew 2-2.

The reports published by The Telegraph also add that Gary Kirsten was interested in coaching the one-day side but now it is being revealed that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will try and encourage him to take a head coach’s job across all formats of the game.

Notably, Gary Kirsten had famously helped India lift the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 during his stint as the coach of the team. He was even in charge of the South African team which achieved the No 1 Test Ranking in the world.

Kirsten has been busy with coaching roles in Indian Premier League (IPL) and other league tournaments around the globe since 2013.

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