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Kirsten 'not considering' England role

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 3, 2014

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Shortlist for England team director takes shape

Gary Kirsten, the former South Africa coach, has distanced himself from becoming the next England team director.

Kirsten, 46, is considered the outstanding candidate to replace Andy Flower and is third favourite in the betting. But he told ESPNcricinfo that although he is yet to be approached about the role, he would not consider the position at this stage.

"I've not been approached about the England job," he said. "And I'm not considering it at this stage."

Gary Kirsten at the announcement of South Africa's Champions Trophy squad, Cape Town, May 2, 2013
Gary Kirsten remains cool on a return to international cricket © Getty Images

Kirsten also told reporters in India that his circumstances have not changed since stepping down as coach of South Africa last July.

Despite leading South Africa to No. 1 in the world Test rankings, Kirsten cited the amount of time spent away from home as the reason for quitting and said the same explanation prevents an interest in returning to international cricket.

"I suppose it is flattering that people are thinking about me," Kirsten said. "As far as I am concerned, my sentiments have not changed."

Kirsten was speaking ahead of the IPL auction as he prepares to assemble a team for the Delhi Daredevils where he was appointed head coach in September.

The job involves no more than ten weeks away from his home in Cape Town and his three young children, a far cry from the months spent abroad in international cricket.

His new role is thought to be worth more than US$500,000 (£306,000) for a little more than two months work. It has been reported that the ECB would need to double that figure to land Kirsten, who is also contracted for 50 days a year as batting consultant for South Africa.

Kirsten was India coach from 2008-2011 but was able to enjoy very little time at home and did not consider moving his family to India. England could be a more attractive location to relocate to and if his family were to base themselves in the UK, the job of England team director could yet be of interest to Kirsten.

The caveat "at this stage" may yet turn out to be significant and, with England's next Test series not starting until June, there is no great urgency to come to a decision.

Ashley Giles, the England one-day coach, is the odds-on favourite for the job. Other candidates include Mick Newell, the Nottinghamshire coach, and former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, who expressed an interest in the position.

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Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 21:20 GMT)

Time for some 'tough love'. Spend the money and get Ian Chappell, he has one of the best cricket brains ever. Furthermore he doesn't take any nonsense. Let Cook concentrate on what he does best, which is batting and find another Captain. Personally I would give Morgan a run in that job across all three formats. Buttler is also worth a run in the 'Keeping' role. Can't help feeling with all these so-called specialist coaches that players are being over-coached. Two of England's greatest players in recent times were Botham and Flinthoff, if they had been subjected to the current regime they would have lost their outstanding natural flair. Finally if you can't get Chappell go for Moody or Langer.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

Gotta be Justin Langer. Giles is just an old school tie. He shouldnt even be involved in one day stuff; look how poor we've been in that since he got the job. He wasn't even a decent player...

Posted by Greatest_Game on (February 4, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

@ Cpt.Meanster. Have India ever had an Indian cricket coach. Certainly not any successful ones. It took a South African to get the Indian team some real success. Of course he is gone now, and India can't win an ODI anymore, never mind a test ...

Posted by brahms on (February 4, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

The ideal replacement would be Michael Vaughan !

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (February 4, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

Give the job to Ashley Giles - the "King of Spain" ...

Posted by Rahul_78 on (February 4, 2014, 6:49 GMT)

Wheres JHB, Kimber and Dobell? You guys seem to be still hungover after the ashes series. A bomb has exploded in English cricket and we still haven't got an episode of 'Switch Hit'. Wake up guys!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 4, 2014, 0:23 GMT)

Poor English cricket, desperately looking for foreigners to coach their beleaguered team. Doesn't England have any worthy English candidates to coach its team ? Look at Australia and SA. They produce their own coaches to help their teams. It's time England hire someone who belongs to their own country and proudly handles this job. No Andy Flower, No Ashley Giles !

Posted by SHER-A-PANJAB on (February 3, 2014, 23:13 GMT)

NO. If Gary does want to come on international cricket again ,he must be a Southafrican cricket team coach not for anyother country.....For ENGLAND NEVER ......

Posted by Rabies on (February 3, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

Kirsten is the obvious 1st choice, even if he is unavailable. That then begs the question of who is 'next best'? In an obvious re-building phase, it would be unwise to have a rookie coach, who will be learning more than the players will, which means that experience is the key requisite,- then perhaps a hand- on to Giles, IF he has shown ability (not seen to date) so, strange as it may seem, Mickey Arthur is the one name that springs to mind- or even Peter Moores- both scarred, granted, but surely better than the others, who would be unproven, and being asked to form a new team from scratch. I guess the common denominator though would be the exclusion of KP- not before time- no team can be asked to carry an ego that large and disruptive! Can't get away from the nagging feeling that Cook has to step down too...

Posted by Batmanindallas on (February 3, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

Giles will be a step back. He was an average cricketer I dont know how he can replace Flower

Posted by jonesy2 on (February 3, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

I hope moods gets it and sabotages them even further that would be funny. anyone else find it hilarious that giles in favourite and he already coaches the one day teams? I mean whats he been teaching them? how to lose while tossing up non turning juice balls? looks like it. surely England have a better candidate

Posted by .virk on (February 3, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

@hareeshkmurali Why BCCI not considering to the brave man (Sourav Ganguly) as their Coach? I think, they also need it.

Posted by Hareeshkmurali on (February 3, 2014, 13:10 GMT)

I think England can fight back if they can appoint a brave man like Sourav Ganguly as their Coach. So he is an option and I think neither he nor the BCCI would turn down the prospects.

Posted by naren1983 on (February 3, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

Unbelievable coach who took India into WC 2011 winner & No.1 Test Team. Every Indian is proud to have him as India Coach again in future. But we are lucky to have him with Delhi Team in this IPL. This will create interest definetely to move into India Coach again after Duncan retirement. But he is a real pride country man to serve for his country for-ever and his family.

Posted by wanatawu on (February 3, 2014, 12:32 GMT)

Don't think he will goes for it.

Posted by Stuchoo on (February 3, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

Just who the Poms would need. Pity he isn't interested for now. I'm hoping he'll rejoin the SA National team once his kids are a little older. He has my full backing though re his decision to spend more time with his family. Great coach but also a great husband and father. I matriculated with Gary at RBHS and he's a thoroughly decent human-being..as well as a brilliant coach.

Posted by   on (February 3, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

It'll be an interesting conflict if he does get it and retains the CSA batting consultant's job...

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