Proteas

AB 'excited' over Gibson's appointment

2017-09-01 07:04
Ottis Gibson (Getty Images)

Cape Town - AB de Villiers says he is "excited" at the prospect of having former West Indian bowler Ottis Gibson as the new Proteas head coach.

Gibson was confirmed as Russell Domingo's replacement following months of speculation after the latter's contract was set to expire at the end of September.

De Villiers posted a video on his app, AB17, on his thoughts regarding Gibson's appointment, however first giving thanks to the outgoing Domingo.

Earlier this month, De Villiers announced that he will make himself available for Test selection for the Proteas once again after missing South Africa's recent tours of New Zealand and England.

He also revealed that he will be stepping down as ODI captain but remains available for selection.

On Gibson, De Villiers said that although he doesn't know him well, he is excited for the future.

"Ottis Gibson, I don't know him personally well, I've obviously seen him quite a few times," said De Villiers.

"I've never had a proper conversation with him. He has played a lot of cricket in his days so he has a great insight into the game and I'm very excited to get to know him better and to start the season off with him as coach.

"I think we've got a long road to walk together as a team with him and I'm very positive about the road ahead.

"Ottis has played the game and will understand the ins and outs of what we need to do to become a better team and so I'm looking forward to start off with him."

Gibson will take over his new role after the completion of the England and West Indies three-match Test series, which ends on Monday, September 11.

His first assignment will be a two-Test home series against Bangladesh beginning on September 28, which is followed by a four-match one-day series and a two-match T20 series.

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