Kirsten not keen on coaching England

2014-02-05 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Gary Kirsten is not interested in succeeding Andy Flower as new coach of the England cricket team.

Kirsten (46), who coached India to number one in the ICC Test rankings and the 2011 Cricket World Cup title before leaving to coach South Africa to number one in the Test rankings, is reportedly seen as an ideal replacement for Flower, who resigned last Friday.

But “Gazza” told the ESPNcricinfo website that although he is yet to be approached about the role, he would not consider the position at this stage.

Kirsten quit as Proteas coach last July, citing the amount of time spent away from home as the reason for quitting.

And while he did feel flattered that his name was mentioned, his sentiments have not changed and he would like to spend more time with his family.

Kirsten now coaches the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils on a contract that is thought to be worth more than $500 000 a year (around R5,6 million) for what is little more than two months’ work.

Kirsten, who is married with three young children in Cape Town, also has a contract to work 50 days a year for South Africa as their batting consultant.

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