Gary Kirsten Expresses Interest in England Test Team Coaching Role, Twitter Divided by Idea

Gary Kirsten Expresses Interest in England Test Team Coaching Role, Twitter Divided by Idea

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:53 PM
  • Gary Kirsten is keen to coach the English cricket team as long as he focuses on the test format of the game only
  • England's test squad are currently going through a rough patch after already losing the Ashes to Australia
  • Social media remains divided by the idea with some Twitter users believing that the team should have one coach for all formats

Legendary South African batsman Gary Kirsten has expressed English interest in coaching the English cricket team, but only the test squad.

The English test team are facing a whitewash series defeat in the Ashes against Australia and are currently seventh in the World Test Championship rankings.

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Gary Kirsten is keen to coach the English test cricket team as they continue to go through a slump. Image: Lee Warren
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Supersport reported that Kirsten would be keen to coach the English cricket team as long as he could only focus on red-ball cricket. The current coach of England, Chris Silverwood, finds himself in hot water as the test team go through a terrible run of form.

During his spells as coach of India and South Africa, Kirsten took both teams to the top of the test rankings. When expressing his interest in the England job he added that it would be a lovely project to work with the test team and get them back on track, ESPN CricInfo reported.

Despite his impressive credentials as a coach, there are some who doubt that having two coaches for two different formats would work.


"Conflict of interests for both coaches, won’t work, will be in the same place in three years time."


"Need one coach for ODIs and tests. 2 captions, two coaches, three formats, sort of same players playing everywhere. Its too much complicated."


"Doesn’t matter who you bring in as they have to deal with batsmen who can’t bat and that’s a generational issue now."

Others were in favour of the idea, thinking that Kirsten could be the one to turn things around for England.


"Great idea, Kirsten would shake it up and bring a tough brand of cricket to the red ball side, no more excuses for inept performances and create strong willed test players. Let the white ball set up have a different coach."

Quinton de Kock retires from test cricket; Twitter reacts to shock announcement

In other cricket news, Protea fans are still coming to terms with the news that Quinton de Kock has retired from test cricket with immediate effect. Quinton was part of the test team which lost to India in the first match of their three-test series, Sports Brief reported.

De Kock said that his reason for retiring is to spend more time with his family. He and his wife are currently expecting their first child. Cricket South Africa had already given De Kock a leave of absence for the following two tests so that he could be available for the birth of his baby.

Many Protea fans were left questioning whether his decision had to do with 'dirty politics' at Cricket South Africa as he retired with immediate effect much like Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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