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Cricket: South Africa appoint Ottis Gibson as head coach

Cricket - England Nets - Birmingham, Britain - August 15, 2017 England's Chris Woakes (L) and bowling coach Ottis Gibson during nets Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Cricket - England Nets - Birmingham, Britain - August 15, 2017 England's Chris Woakes (L) and bowling coach Ottis Gibson during nets Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - England bowling coach Ottis Gibson has been announced as the new head coach of South Africa, officials said on Wednesday.

Barbadian Gibson, who played two tests for West Indies, was widely expected to replace Russell Domingo when the latter’s contract ends next month and has been handed the reins of the national side in all three formats through to the end of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

"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," Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.

"Having spent a great part of his playing career in South Africa, Ottis is familiar with our country and that should help him to settle in quickly with our national team."

Gibson, who has been with England in his current role since 2015, will leave after the conclusion of the test series against West Indies next month.

The search for a new bowling coach can now begin in earnest ahead of the five-test Ashes series against Australia that starts in Brisbane on Nov. 23.

(Reporting By Nick Said; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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