Kirsten takes Proteas post

June 7, 2011 at 9:11 am 1 comment

Gary Kirsten has been announced as the new coach of South Africa, with the former batsman set to take charge of the squad in August.

The 43-year-old will lead his home country following success during his time in charge of India, who he lead to top spot in the Test rankings and to victory on home soil in the 2011 World Cup.

Kirsten enjoyed a fantastic record as an opening batsman during his international playing career – scoring over 7,000 runs in 101 Tests, at an average 45.27.

The Cape Town-born star enjoyed a successful three-year spell as India coach, which ended in April after he turned down the offer of a new contract. The cricket odds suggest he can have a positive impact on the fortunes of South Africa.

Kirsten, who scored 13 centuries in 185 one-day internationals, was also the strong favourite to fill the vacant coaching berth with the Proteas, following the departure of Corrie van Zyl.

Van Zyl had been in caretaker charge of South Africa but always looked unlikely to keep the job on a permanent basis, especially when he saw them defeated by New Zealand in the World Cup quarter finals.

Kirsten takes over a team that is currently sat second in the ICC Test rankings and fourth in the ODI standings, describing his appointment as a “major honour”.

The former Western Province batsman will take charge of the Proteas in August ahead of their home series against West Indies and Sri Lanka.

South Africa have also announced that AB de Villiers will be their new one-day and Twenty20 skipper, with Graeme Smith continuing as Test captain.


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  • 1. globusblogger  |  June 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm



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