Gary Kirsten: England job of interest to former India and South Africa coach if role is limited to Test cricket | Cricket News

England coach Chris Silverwood has come under pressure after the Ashes defeat to Australia, with tourists trailing 3-0 in the series with two tests to go; Kirsten was previously linked to the England manager role

Last updated: 30/12/21 19:55


Gary Kirsten has been linked to the role of England’s head coach in the past

Former India and South Africa manager Gary Kirsten says he would be interested in coaching the beleaguered England test team as long as the role doesn’t involve the white ball teams’ manager as well.

Current England manager Chris Silverwood has come under pressure following the defeat to Australia in the Ashes, with the tourists struggling 3-0 in the series with two tests to go.

Kirsten, a former South African starter, has taken both India and his home country to the top of the test standings as a manager and the 54-year-old said coaching England would be a “huge honor”.

“I’ve made this trip twice now (when England recruited new coaches in 2015 and 2019) and have always made it clear that I would never commit to doing all formats,” said Kirsten. i News.

“And when international cricket commissions realize they have to split the roles of coach, then it becomes a consideration.”

Kirsten's last international head coaching role with South Africa ended in 2013

Kirsten’s last international head coaching role with South Africa ended in 2013

England won the 50 over World Cup on home soil in 2019, but the test team failed to shoot and found themselves seventh in the World Test Championship standings after series defeats against India ( twice) and New Zealand earlier this year.

“Listen, the English ODI team is ready, you are the best ODI team in the world right now. It is a project that has been well thought out, you have consistency in the players that have been chosen,” Kirsten added.

“Your test team has been fighting for a while, but it would be a really nice project to make it work.”

Compton: Bring Kirsten

Former England hitter Nick Compton believes Kirsten would be the right person to replace Silverwood after the humiliating defeat of the Ashes in England.

“I’d make a change now,” Compton said Sky Sports News. “I think Silverwood is a good man and did his best. Kirsten would be the right person. He understands the high-level joke, he’s been there consistently.”

Compton added: “Are (British CEO Ashley) Giles and Silverwood the problem? That’s the big question. I don’t think it suddenly comes and reviews everything.

Former England hitter Nick Compton believes Chris Silverwood should be replaced and that Kirsten would be a good option to succeed him.

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Former England hitter Nick Compton believes Chris Silverwood should be replaced and that Kirsten would be a good option to succeed him.

Former England hitter Nick Compton believes Chris Silverwood should be replaced and that Kirsten would be a good option to succeed him.

“It’s about getting the right people to the right places. I don’t think Giles made the right appointments. I think Kirsten should have gotten the job as a manager, someone who is more skilled, with experience in getting teams to # 1 at the world, which won the World Cup.

“With all due respect to Silverwood, he gave his absolute best but didn’t have the long-term experience of being a head coach.

“Besides giving him complete autonomy with the selection, it’s a huge role to take on. The selection was pretty abysmal in this series, obviously it didn’t work out. He could have stayed as bowling coach, I think Kirsten would have been the man. to assume this role.

“I think there have been bad dates. The guys below him, what are they doing?”

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