Gibson to take over bowling coach role from Langeveldt

Charl Langeveldt will not be retained as South Africa’s bowling coach when Ottis Gibson, the head coach, chooses his support panel in the next few weeks. While Gibson did not confirm who is on his list for support-staff positions, he made it clear that he will take on the bowling coach role in addition to his duties as head coach. He will appoint four other support personnel – an assistant coach, a batting coach, a fielding coach and a spin-bowling coach.

“There are names at the moment. Obviously, Cricket South Africa have to make that happen. At the moment there are just names of people that I think can do a good job with the team, some overseas, some local,” Gibson said. “I will do the bowling, then there will be a batting coach, a fielding coach, an assistant coach and a spin bowling coach – so four, plus myself. Having spoken to Charl, bowling has always been my specialism as a coach, fast bowling. He fully understands that.”

ESPNcricinfo understands Dale Benkenstein is the frontrunner to become Gibson’s assistant as Adrian Birrell, the incumbent, moves on from his role. Batting consultant Neil McKenzie is likely to be retained.

Langeveldt has worked with South Africa since Allan Donald left the post after the 2015 World Cup. He and the other assistants who served under Russell Domingo were kept on to work with Gibson in his first assignment against Bangladesh. A new panel will be put in place for South Africa’s next assignment – the inaugural four-day Test against Zimbabwe, which begins on Boxing Day.

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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