Proteas

Proteas shortlist gets shorter

2011-05-04 10:33
Gary Kirsten (File)
Johannesburg - Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola has confirmed that interviews for the vacant Proteas coaching job will start on Monday, May 16, with the successful candidate due to be announced in June.

India's Cricket World Cup-winning coach, Gary Kirsten, remains one of the candidates for the Proteas' role, despite the shortlist of candidates growing shorter by the day.

The latest possible candidate to have dropped out is Andy Flower, who on Tuesday signed a new contract to stay on as England coach, while last week Duncan Fletcher was unveiled as Kirsten's successor in charge of India.

That leaves Kirsten, Cape Cobras coach Richard Pybus, Highveld Lions coach Dave Nosworthy and current assistant Proteas coach Vincent Barnes as the last men standing.

The Proteas' next assignment is against Australia in South Africa in October this year.

South Africa will also have a new ODI and T20 captain after Graeme Smith quit both jobs to concentrate on leading the Test team.

AB de Villiers is widely considered the favourite for the job after Hashim Amla revealed reluctance to take over, and Johan Botha is no longer certain of a regular place as the team's spin bowler following the emergence of Imran Tahir, despite a series of star performances in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Rajasthan Royals.

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