South Africa’s Test captain Faf du Plessis has asked their next head coach not to make wholesale changes to the backroom staff. Last week, reports emerged that Russell Domingo was on his way out and that CSA were looking at replacing him with Ottis Gibson, the England bowling coach. It seems Du Plessis has heard the same things. “As far as we know, it’s been told to us that the decision has been made by the coaching panel,” he said after landing in Cape Town.
“They’ve chosen Ottis Gibson as their recommendation and now that goes to the board and the board decides whether they want to use that recommendation or not.”
There have been suggestions of changes to the support staff as well but Du Plessis threw his support behind the incumbents Neil McKenzie (batting coach), Charl Langeveldt (bowling coach) and Claude Henderson (spin coach).
“In an ideal situation, you’d like to make as little change as possible so it’s not wholesale changes,” he said. “A whole new coaching staff would come in and it would take a while to get to know everyone.
“If there was a suggestion I could make is for whoever, if it was Ottis, to come in and see for himself what the team requires. If he decides that there needs to be changes, then he decides that over a period of time. Our technical coaches, I think, have been doing a very good job.”
At the start of their 2016-17 season, South Africa went away to beat Australia, came home to thrash Sri Lanka and then toppled New Zealand. They came to England with strong hopes of regaining the Basil D’Oliveira Trophy but were beaten 3-1, putting an end to a dismal time in the UK, where they lost ODI and T20I series’ to the hosts, and suffered a group stage exit in the Champions Trophy.