Gib­son opts for coach­ing clean out

Langeveldt out, while Bir­rell and oth­ers could also soon be job­less

The Herald (South Africa) - - SPORT - Mahlatse Mphahlele

THE Proteas will have a new-look tech­ni­cal team when they take on Zim­babwe in the once-off four-day test match on Box­ing Day in Port El­iz­a­beth. Coach Ot­tis Gib­son con­firmed yes­ter­day that he had sub­mit­ted his wish-list to Cricket South Africa (CSA) and he would dou­ble up as the bowl­ing coach‚ tak­ing over from Charl Langeveldt.

As­sis­tant coach Adrian Bir­rell‚ spe­cial­ist spin bowl­ing coach Claude Hen­der­son and bat­ting con­sul­tant Neil McKen­zie are also go­ing to be job­less as Gib­son makes changes.

“There are likely to be new faces‚” Gib­son said‚ in­di­cat­ing that some of the peo­ple he wants to work with are from over­seas.

“I am go­ing to do the fast bowl­ing my­self and I have spo­ken to Charl Langeveldt and CSA about that.

“I have given CSA my wish-list‚ if you like‚ of peo­ple who I feel could come in and add value to the Proteas.

“Over the past five weeks while we were play­ing‚ I was talking to var­i­ous other peo­ple around the coun­try to get opin­ions.

“There are names of peo­ple from over­seas and oth­ers are lo­cal.

“It is peo­ple who I be­lieve can do the job for cricket in the coun­try.

“In terms of the size of the tech­ni­cal team‚ cricket is about bat­ting‚ bowl­ing and field­ing.

“So I’ll do the bowl­ing my­self‚ then there will be a bat­ting coach and as­sis­tant coach and field­ing coach.

“Bowl­ing has al­ways been my spe­cial­ity and hav­ing spo­ken to Charl, he fully un­der­stands the sit­u­a­tion.

“I am also in dis­cus­sion with CSA about other key po­si­tions which I be­lieve will make a dif­fer­ence to coach­ing in this coun­try in terms of hav­ing elite coaches.”

Gib­son also said that with tough incoming tours of In­dia and Aus­tralia in the new year‚ it was im­por­tant to get se­nior play­ers like Dale Steyn‚ Ver­non Phi­lan­der and Morne Morkel in good shape.

“We have four or five play­ers still miss­ing and that re­mains a con­cern be­cause fit­ness is some­thing that we will have to look at go­ing for­ward.

“It is not easy when you have that many play­ers in­jured.

“We have started to look at that al­ready to see how we can work around it‚” he said, ad­ding that he was happy that play­ers would be play­ing fran­chise cricket in prepa­ra­tion for the long sum­mer ahead. “Ev­ery­body will be play­ing fran­chise cricket in the com­ing weeks, even though it is T20s.

“I have asked all the play­ers to keep tabs on their fit­ness lev­els and the guys who are go­ing to be in the test se­ries.

“We are hav­ing a game against Zim­babwe in De­cem­ber which will give us nice prepa­ra­tion go­ing into the In­dia and Aus­tralia se­ries.”

ADRIAN BIR­RELL

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