Gibson wary of English conditions ahead of CWC

2019-05-17 20:12
Ottis Gibson
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Cape Town - Proteas coach Ottis Gibson says his side would need to adapt quickly to the varying English weather conditions for this month's Cricket World Cup.

The Proteas take on the hosts England in the tournament opener on May 30 at the Oval in London.

Gibson, who had spent two spells as England bowling coach, said that he is unsure what conditions his side will face during the 50-over showpiece.

"England can be interesting, it depends on the weather," he said, as quoted by

"They are forecasting a hot spell coming up in the next couple of months, so perhaps the tracks will be a lot dryer.

"England lends itself to high-scoring games. The weather will play a part in that. I believe the conditions will play a huge part in the outcome of the World Cup."

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Gibson is not the only member of the South African coaching staff that has plenty of experience in England, as batting coach Dale Benkenstein and spin bowling coach Claude Henderson both spent years playing county cricket.

"I've had two stints in England and I still live in England," said Gibson.

"Claude had 10 years at Leicester. Dale Benkenstein played 10 years at Durham. So from a point of view of conditions, we can give insight."

The squad will depart South Africa on Sunday, May 19.

South Africa's 2019 Cricket World Cup squad:

Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen

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