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Herschelle Gibbs demands a no-nonsense Australian as the Protea head coach

Gibbs was speaking at CSA’s Academy in Pretoria where he was helping out with coaching on Wednesday.

Herschelle Gibbs
Herschelle Gibbs. (Photo by Manoj Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Former South African international Herschelle Gibbs has made it clear that the team needs an Aussie coach who won’t promote an over-friendly atmosphere in the dressing room. Cricket South Africa (CSA) had already announced the hunt for a new head coach earlier this year.

Present head coach Russell Domingo’s contract will expire after the ongoing England tour, and he had to apply for the position once again. According to few reports, Highveld Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana was the frontrunner for the job, but according to Gibbs, the board should hand over the duties to an Australian.

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What Gibbs had to say:

Gibbs stated that he is a fan of Australian coaches as they carry a no-nonsense attitude.  “I like their approach to the game and the fact that they don’t put up with nonsense,” said Gibbs to Network 24.

“I’d like to see a new approach. Something new and fresh won’t do any harm. I think that can only be achieved through outside input.” added the destructive batsman.

Gibbs was speaking at CSA’s Academy in Pretoria where he was helping out with coaching on Wednesday. He also said the board would not entertain any individual who creates a ‘buddy-buddy’ relation with the players. He mentioned that some of the senior players have too much of speaking rights in the dressing room and maintain a very friendly relation with the coach.

“That is a bunch of nonsense. The coach needs to be in control and for that reason I believe an Australia coach – who won’t tolerate this ‘buddy-buddy’ attitude’ – could work.”

Herschelle Gibbs’s international career boasts of 90 Tests, 248 0DIs and 23 T20s for the Proteas.

CSA earlier stated that the appointments of the new coach and his management team will “be in place by the beginning of September”.

CSA’s board nominated the following persons to serve on the selection panel to screen and recommend a suitable candidate to the board for the appointment: Norman Arendse, Rihan Richards, Oupa Nkagisang, Gary Kirsten and Eric Simons.

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