Gary Kirsten open to Australia and England coaching roles

Cricket Australia is also searching for a new limited overs captain.

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With former Australian head coach Darren Lehmann resigning recently in the aftermath of ball tampering issue and Trevor Bayliss's, the current England head coach,  contract with the three lions set to expire next year after the world cup, There will be two highly lucrative jobs available in the cricketing world. 

Gary Kirsten is up for it, though. The former South Africa cricketer and coach of the Indian world cup winning team in 2011, has come out and expressed his willingness to work in the coaching group for either of the two sides in limited overs cricket if offered a job. 

He was quoted saying about the same to Omnisport as, "I think international coaching is moving to space where it is going to become more format based, so I would be interested specifically in a white-ball role."

"I am trying to grow my skills as much as possible in the white-ball format, so that could be of real interest to me. I think the idea of coaching an international team across all formats is becoming more unlikely for young coaches, because it's just not sustainable, especially with a young family." 

Specifically about filling the void for England or Australia. Kirsten said, "Absolutely, I would certainly be considering it, that is for sure. I think it's going to happen [format-specific coaches] around the world. Countries are starting to split coaching roles and I think it will happen more and more. Australia dabbled with it and we are even getting counties now signing up Twenty20 coaches." 

Kirsten also talked about the likelihood of Justin Langer or Ricky Ponting being appointed for the responsibility. Stating, "I know JL well and he's a great coach, he has all the right credentials and they also have Ricky Ponting who has done a fantastic job with their T20 team,"

"There is no shortage of quality coaches around the world, but both JL and Ricky understand the 'Australian way' better than most."

 


By Kashish Chadha - 17 Apr, 2018

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