Eng to splash out on Gazza?
Gary Kirsten (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will have to double former coach Andy
Flower's salary of £300 000 (R5.5m) if it is to appoint
Gary Kirsten as England's next head coach.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald website, Kirsten, 46, who coached India to No 1 in the ICC Test
rankings and the 2011 Cricket World Cup title, before leaving to coach South Africa to No 1 in the Test rankings, is seen as an ideal
replacement for Flower, who resigned last Friday.
Kirsten now coaches the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi
Daredevils on a contract that is thought to be worth
more than $500 000 a year (R5.6m) for what is little more than two months'
Kirsten, who is married with three young children in Cape Town, has a contract to work 50 days a year for South Africa as
its batting consultant.
Kirsten was reportedly paid a salary of R4.5m for his two
years at the helm of the Proteas from mid-2011 to 2013 -
more than double that of his predecessors.
Kirsten is currently the third favourite with the bookies at 5/1 to succeed Zimbabwe-born Flower, with Ashley Giles, the current England Twenty20 and ODI coach, at 4/6 to take the reins of the Test side.
Following England's 5-0 Ashes humiliation at the hands of Australia, Flower said in an ECB statement ""Following the recent very disappointing Ashes defeat it is clear to me
that this is now time for England cricket, led by (captain) Alastair
Cook, to rebuild with a new set of values and goals.
"I do not feel like I am in a position to undertake that challenge."
England fared little better Down Under under Giles, going down 4-1 in the ODI series and losing the Twenty20 series 3-0.
England's next series will be against the West Indies in the Caribbean, starting on February 28.