Bacher lauds SA coaching trio

2011-11-16 22:30

Cape Town - Former SA cricket chief Ali Bacher says South Africa's current coaches are the best the team's had since its readmission to international cricket in 1991.

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Bacher was also the South African captain when they last won a Test series on home soil against Australia in 1970. The Springboks - as they were then called - thrashed the Aussies 4-0 in a series.

And Bacher told the Beeld newspaper that the Proteas' current coaching trio of Gary Kirsten (coach), Russel Domingo (assistant coach) and Allan Donald (bowling coach) are the best combination of coaches the country has had since they returned to the world stage 20 years ago.

Bacher also feels the Aussies are there for the taking after they were crushed by eight wickets at Newlands last week. The second and final Test starts at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Thursday.

"This SA team has an excellent chance to do what we did (in 1970) and win the series here (at the Wanderers).

"Without Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist amongst their ranks and with Ricky Ponting at the end of his career, the Aussies are vulnerable.

"They are in a transition phase.

"I think next year's series against England (South Africa travel to England next winter) will determine who the best Test playing nation is," said Bacher.


  • Thomas - 2011-11-16 23:16

    Hey Bacher! they have just left the starting blocks, drew the 20/20s lost the one dayers and won one test!! I am not saying they can't win the series, but how do you judge them as being the best before their first series is even over??????? It would be interesting to know what the results of the previous coaches were at the same piont in their stints!!!!!!!

      Dwerg - 2011-11-17 11:44

      @Thomas: You have to admit that the prospect of the current coaching staff is exciting. Maybe Ali can't contain himself. Donald knows everything Bob Woolmer ever knew about bowling - who was, in my mind, the best coach we ever had. Gary has walked the batting and coaching walk.

      Christelle - 2011-11-17 12:26

      Slow down Thomas - look at what Kirsten achieved with the Indian team. I agree, we have a good coaching trio here. And the guys have been there, and are respected amoungst the players.

  • christopher.lourens - 2011-11-17 07:27

    What about Bob Woolmer??

  • Paul - 2011-11-17 07:52

    So Ali, how do you think all the other coaches, some of whom sacrificed so much for the team, now feel after your statement? Yes, you're entitled to an opinion, but if you were the man of wisdom that some hold you up to be, you'd know how to temper your thoughts and your words.

  • Caleb - 2011-11-17 08:14

    We miss Jonty! fielding hasn't been up to scratch since he left. other than that we look promising.

  • steven.chiaberta - 2011-11-17 10:19

    Ali's saying that we currently have the best COMBINATION of coaches, so I don't think previous coaches need to take his statement personally. Taking nothing away from the late Bob Woolmer, nor Mickey Arthur, Graham Ford or anyone else, I agree with Ali 100%.

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