Gary Kirsten interested in coaching England's Test Side

Gary Kirsten interested in coaching England’s Test Side

Gary Kirsten has declared his interest in taking up the job of head coach of England’s Test team, with Chris Silverwood likely to pay for their Ashes debacle with his job.
Kirsten, former South Africa and India coach, has applied for the post twice previously, in 2015 and 2019. He has not coached an international team since 2013, due to family commitments, but has held roles with various T20 teams including Royal Challengers Bangalore, Hobart Hurricanes and Durban Heat.
He was the frontrunner to succeed Trevor Bayliss in 2019 but was beaten to the role by Silverwood after underwhelming at interview. He later revealed that he had mistaken the interview he was attending as a “token interview” and that the ECB had already decided to offer him the job.
Kirsten is already on the ECB’s payroll in his role as Welsh Fire’s head coach in the men’s Hundred, and said on Thursday that he would be keen to take over as England’s coach on the condition that the roles were split between red- and white-ball formats.
Kirsten keen to coach England’s Test Side
“Listen, it [the England job] is always a consideration because it’s a tremendous honour,” Kirsten told the i newspaper. “I’ve walked this journey twice now and I’ve always made it clear that I would never commit to doing all formats. And when international cricket boards get their head around the fact that they need to split coaching roles, then it becomes a consideration.
“Working with a Test side, or working with an ODI side is great. Listen, the England ODI side is set-up, you’re the best ODI side in the world at the moment. It’s a project that has been well-thought-out. You’ve got consistency in the players that have been picked.
“Your Test side has battled for a while but it would be a really lovely project to get that going. I think it’s a great project for someone to come in and take that Test side on. There’s a lot that needs to be put in place to build this Test team out.”
Gary Kirsten, former South African cricketer, is best known as a coach for his 2011 World Cup success with Indian Cricket Team. Indian cricketers, including the likes of Dhoni and Tendulkar, had praised Kirsten for the “Team Culture” he brought in the side.

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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