May 10, 2011

South African cricket

Coaching crunch time for South Africa

Nikita Bastian

Kepler Wessels, writing in Super Sport, says the appointment of South Africa's next coach comes at an important time for their cricket, and evaluates the four options on the cards.

What will it be this time? Will it be an appointment of a stand-alone coach who will be tasked to stamp his authority on the team and the captain, or will it be the other way round where the coach will once again be moulded by the senior players.

That approach hasn't worked. It may be time to evaluate the merits of the candidates on a stand-alone basis and decide who will make the best contribution in taking the team forward. Also, if for some reason Kirsten doesn't take the job and the appointment committee decides that they are unsure, there is nothing wrong in appointing a caretaker coach for a while.

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