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Kirsten's the man: Vaughan

2010-01-27 16:02

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – Gary Kirsten is the coach South Africa should target as replacement for Mickey Arthur, says former England captain Michael Vaughan.

Speaking on Cricinfo.tv on Wednesday, Vaughan said the former Proteas opening batsman would be “perfect” for the role.

“He’s a legend of the South African game and done a wonderful job with India. I just don’t think they would want to get rid of him.”

Speculating on other possible candidates, Vaughan said Duncan Fletcher, his key ally in seizing back the Ashes from Australia in 2005, could probably be ruled out.

“I think at Fletch’s age (61) he’s enjoying his consultancy with Hampshire and the bits and bobs he does with South Africa.”

Vaughan praised Arthur for a “good job” and said he would end up in county cricket or with another international team.

“I’ve liked the things he’s done, and he’s a good man. All things come to an end.

“Graeme Smith is definitely the front man, the leader of that team. He leads from the front so well.

“(Arthur) was the one who sat in the background and tried to calm things down.

“Smith has a good think-tank around him behind the stumps in Mark Boucher, Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers – they’re a good quartet.”

Vaughan said he believed the Proteas were not “as close and tight”, in sharing the recent home Test series 1-1 with England, as they had been in beating his own England side in 2008.

“They looked the real deal then. There were definitely little chinks in the armour that England could get at (this summer).”

Sport24

Comments
  • Joe - 2010-01-27 16:09

    Well Mike the best advvice anyone can give CSA. They unfortunately, are a bunch of morons

  • Mark - 2010-01-27 16:16

    couldn't agree more. We should be sitting with him on this tour and get him back into the country to do the job.

  • Zolani - 2010-01-27 16:25

    Hear from a world class cricketer,not a bunch of bloggers, Smith is the man

  • Twisted - 2010-01-27 16:33

    Not much to argue about there. I would put money on it not happening though. The plans are already made.

  • mojo - 2010-01-27 16:45

    Gary could be the right choice but even he would think twice about it I'm sure with the potential political interference etc. India is a hard one to be coach of but maybe that position in SA is now the toughest. Whoever it is, is going to have a good lawyer on his side !

  • Larry - 2010-01-27 16:45

    I agree, but the problem is not solved until Biff joins Mickey. Majola wont be a problem either as he will slink away as soon as he is seriously challenged.

  • Stephen - 2010-01-27 16:48

    @Zolani, lol well said

  • Never going to happen - 2010-01-27 16:50

    Do you think Gary Kirsten would come back here to SA and get involved in all the bullshit that happens in our sport? Never in a MILLION years!! I think he has done a great job for India and he deserves all the praise and accolades that come his way! Watch India whip us in their own back yard!! I am not sure what is wrong with our team at the moment but i was not impressed for most of the summer. I hope it goes better on this tour.....

  • Dave - 2010-01-27 17:01

    I think Smith should retire, get elected as CSA head, then immediately select himself as coach, before coming out of retirement and becoming captain in time for a victorious tour of Australia.

  • Ed - 2010-01-27 17:24

    1) Why were the selectors fired? Let's end the speculation and debate fact...does anyone know? Surely the selectors are not bad guys. 2) Why does CSA not put an end to the speculation and face its loyal supporters with openess and honesty.....tell us what's really going on?

  • Etienne - 2010-01-27 17:39

    Fair enough we would like to see a new coach, Gary or Kepler? Who says that any of these two will let Smit dictate them like he did Mickey Arther? No, make smit the player and captain and selector. He has messed up so much, it cant go worse.BIFF.....Brainless Irritating Fat Fcuk

  • DORKVADER - 2010-01-27 17:44

    Show me the money honey. MAJOLA for Minister of Sport and re-creation

  • Voëlvry - 2010-01-27 17:55

    Ray Jennings is die man. Daar is geen argument nie. Kyk sy rekord en hy het meer b**** as die ander saam + hy kan kleinbekkie op sy plek sit EN hou!

  • Billy - 2010-01-27 17:57

    I think "Biff' is a right plonker - has such an attitude about him.. Cannot believe that no one in the team has spoken out yet................watch this space!

  • Jan - 2010-01-27 18:06

    You are wrong!!!!!!! Arthur could not guarentee at least one black player in the team. The selectors chose a team without a black player for the last test. The fact that Ntini is the only black player that could maintain a high performance level for years, made it easy to select him, NOW there is nothing and Boucher snookered their plans with a couple of good performances. The revue sistem makes it impossible for other players to carry one or two mediocre players, therefore in future we will have to select the best possible team at all times

  • VicJ - 2010-01-27 19:02

    New coach, new captain. Smith's batting can only improve if he is in the side as a batsman only and not the spoilt brat, I say you do captain. I say give Amla a go.

  • Mike - 2010-01-27 19:50

    IMO, Smith must be one of the best captains around. He has a great record, he is a brilliant batsman. There are area's he could improve, sure. He has taken a team that was well down the rankings and made it number 1. Sure he is a bit of a brut, but you don't pick a nice captain, Pollock was a nice captain... and he didn't win in Aus or England. I would like Fletch to be more involved as the could add the cunning that is missing from Smith's armory. The BIG question to ask all the Biff Bashers is 'if Smith is not captain (and I can't see him staying as a batsman only).. who?'

  • ian - 2010-01-27 20:12

    Smith has proved himself - people dont like him because he is stong willed. We need a GOOD coach, Auther was OK but not strong enough. Bring on Kirsten - IF he will come back. This is a hazardous job.

  • Colin - 2010-01-27 20:26

    Its all about politics!! There is no rift and there never was. The team must be broken down to repesent demographics!!!!!!! The paying public represent a percentage of the TAX payers in this country. As a result, the stadia will be EMPTY and cricket SA will go the way of bafana. Next in their sights.....rugby! Until its all destroyed. Golf is the game baby!

  • @Colin - 2010-01-28 00:35

    Whenever things go wrong or we lose (be it rugby or cricket) representivity and quotas are always to blame. Your theory is unfortunately flawed as quotas have not diluted the quality we produced. Take rugby as example, we won U19 andU21 championships where the quota is 50/50. Our U19 cricketers have not done badly and the performances of Dominic Hendricks have been awesome, mind you last time got to the final against India and all with a 50/50 squad. It is all about opportunity and exposure that was always reserved for whites only. No place here for white supremacy ideology

  • AJ @ Zolani - 2010-01-28 06:36

    Zolani, I agree totally, one reads the perspective of Michael Vaughn and then one has to be subjected to the 'real experts' in the postings section. Yawn. Amazing how cricket captains around the world (current and former) respect Smith for his role and his batting ability, yet stupid South African armchair experts dotted around the country think he should be dropped immediately because he is 'useless'. I think if all teams dropped their batsmen who average less than 51 a test innings, who would be left to play the game? LOL indeed.

  • john - 2010-01-28 07:37

    I think Kirsten is the right man for the job. Kepler and Smith both have strong personalities and speak their minds, and are sure to clash!

  • PollyTicks - 2010-01-28 08:16

    I said it before - this just smacks of politics. Like Arthuris going to resign and be given a R4.5 million golden handshake????? Sure!!!!! But then, why should we belive anything CSA says - they have a track record of note, when it comes to trying to hide the truth. Problem is, cricket supporters in SA are mostly quite knowledgable, so Majola and his henchmen are only fooling themselves if they think the cricket loving public believe him. It's just the usual old SA power struggle, and ego-inflation that our Sporting polititians hanker after. Viva the Aussies!!

  • Whitey - 2010-01-28 10:42

    .....will Gary Kirsten be able to coach the BEST cricket players, ...or the second-best "transformation/quota" players..?? ........remember, MIckey was fired because of "lack of transformation"...

  • Centurion - 2010-01-28 11:16

    Whitey, "Arthur fired because of the lack of transformation" - where did you get this? Sounds like something you fabricated ... get over yourself man - stop playing the race card.

  • celo - 2010-01-28 12:31

    Why is Vaughan having an opinion about our cricket affairs when ECB would gladly love & accept his comments and opinions.

  • mahog - 2010-01-28 14:43

    CSA expected to introduce the quota system and they did not anticipate weaker squad. They wanted equality, but surely they sould have implemented a quota system for children first. For example Area cricket. The youngsters must be trained so that by the time that generation is old enough to make South Africa, the teams will be chosen on merit, and there will be enough non-white players in the team so that our politicians don't cry. It is about starting from the bottom. Furthermore, the transformation system is not only to the detriment of white players. Charl Langeveldt quite international cricket 2 years ago as he was selected simply on colour. Arthur understood he had choose the best team possible, and not listen to politicians. We cannot blame him

  • mahog - 2010-01-28 14:46

    CSA expected to introduce the quota system and they did not anticipate weaker squad. They wanted equality, but surely they sould have implemented a quota system for children first. For example Area cricket. The youngsters must be trained so that by the time that generation is old enough to make South Africa, the teams will be chosen on merit, and there will be enough non-white players in the team so that our politicians don't cry. It is about starting from the bottom. Furthermore, the transformation system is not only to the detriment of white players. Charl Langeveldt quite international cricket 2 years ago as he was selected simply on colour. Arthur understood he had choose the best team possible, and not listen to politicians. We cannot blame him

  • in/out - 2010-01-28 15:40

    ....yes, ...Mickey Arthur was a "transformation" victim. ....Greame Smith and the selection panel wanted Makhaya Ntini IN the team and Mickey Arthur wanted him OUT...

  • E1 - 2010-01-28 15:54

    Majola is a ploncker. When Ntini hit the low, he said we must try and identify a new bowler to take his place. We already did in begin 2009. His name ....Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Majole is lekke duermekaar

  • leon - 2010-02-01 11:48

    I think Smith should be dropped as captain. We can't afford one person who spoils everything and we don't need an arogant dictator in sports. The coach is always the one to go if the captain and players are not performing on field, after all his the one that is taking decissions on the field.

  • ronnie - 2010-02-07 10:23

    leon i agree smith must go together with aaron mokoena of bafana bafana if this cricket and soccer wants to get anywhere those to must go and be replaced with jacques kallis and either matthew booth or nasief morris

  • Gary - 2010-02-07 10:57

    Amazing!! The article is about the possibility of GK as the next coach for SA yet you get the plonkers like Leon and Etienne slagging off Graham Smith! You two idiots need to look at what he has done compared to any post apartheid captain before you open your mouths and sprout nothing but drivel....w#&@ers!!!!

  • Greg - 2010-02-07 11:22

    Sorry gents I have to disagree, if you want to be the best you will have to employ the best... Bring Steve Waugh or Shane Warne into the equation and we WILL win the World Cup!!! They having winning and experience bred into them....

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