Ottis Gibson. Picture: SUPPLIED
Ottis Gibson. Picture: SUPPLIED

Cricket SA (CSA) has announced the appointment of Ottis Gibson as head coach of the Proteas across all three formats.

Gibson is currently the bowling coach of the England Test team and has previously served as head coach of the West Indies.

His SA contract will run from mid-September, when he starts preparing the squad for the home series against Bangladesh, until the conclusion of the ICC World Cup in mid-2019.

CSA also announced the appointment of Russell Domingo as head coach of the South African "A" side while the current incumbent‚ Shukri Conrad‚ will return to his previous full-time position as head coach of the National Academy.

"As a player‚ Gibson‚ 48‚ had a distinguished playing career for the West Indies‚ representing them in two Test matches — the second of which was the New Year Test at Newlands in 1999 — and 15 one-day internationals as an all-rounder between 1995 and 1999.

"In addition‚ he played more than 400 matches‚ principally for his native Barbados‚ across the three formats that included spells with Border‚ Gauteng and Northern Cape (Griqualand West) as well as several England counties‚" CSA said in a statement.

One of his career highlights was taking all 10 wickets in an innings for Durham against Hampshire in 2007.

"After following a rigorous process‚ we are delighted to welcome Ottis Gibson as the new head coach for the Proteas‚" CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat said.

"His playing and coaching credentials are impressive and that will place the Proteas in good hands as we move towards a big home summer with both India and Australia visiting us. Having spent a great part of his playing career in SA‚ Ottis is familiar with our country and that should help him to settle in quickly with our national team.

"On behalf of the board‚ I would like to thank Russell Domingo for his positive contributions during his time with the Proteas and I am delighted he will remain in our setup as head coach of the SA A side. This is an important position that prepares our up-and-coming players in the next stage of their journey to become potential Proteas," Lorgat said.

Gibson commented: "I am delighted to embark on this new chapter in my coaching career and I would like to thank Cricket SA for giving me this opportunity and the England and Wales Cricket Board for their understanding of my position. I have spent a number of happy times in SA as a player and I am now looking forward to return as a coach."

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