Gibbs: An Aussie, not a 'buddy', should coach Proteas

2017-07-20 08:32
Herschelle Gibbs (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Proteas need an Australian coach who won't tolerate a "buddy-buddy" attitude.

These are the views the views of former batsman Herschelle Gibbs.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced earlier this year that they had started a process to appoint a new head coach for the Proteas.

Current coach Russell Domingo’s contract runs until the end of August when the Proteas’ tour of England concludes and he had to re-apply for his role.

An earlier report linked Highveld Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana to the role, but according to Gibbs, CSA should turn to an Australian for the job.

“I like their approach to the game and the fact that they don’t put up with nonsense,” Gibbs was quoted as saying by Netwerk24.

“I’d like to see a new approach. Something new and fresh won’t do any harm. I think that can only be achieved through outside input.”

Gibbs was speaking at CSA’s Academy in Pretoria where he was helping out with coaching on Wednesday.

Gibbs also said there are some of the senior players in the Proteas team who have too much of a say and that some players are too “buddy-buddy” with the coach.

“That is a bunch of nonsense. The coach needs to be in control and for that reason I believe an Australia coach - who won’t tolerate this ‘buddy-buddy’ attitude’ - could work.”

During his playing days, the 43-year-old Gibbs played 90 Tests, 248 ODIs and 23 T20Is for the Proteas.

CSA earlier stated that the appointments of the new coach and his management team will “be in place by the beginning of September”.

CSA’s board nominated the following persons to serve on the selection panel to screen and recommend a suitable candidate to the board for appointment: Norman Arendse, Rihan Richards, Oupa Nkagisang, Gary Kirsten and Eric Simons.

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