England deny South Africa approach for Gibson

Ottis Gibson (Getty Images)
Ottis Gibson (Getty Images)

Manchester - The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Friday they had not received any approach from their South Africa counterparts for Ottis Gibson amid reports he was poised to become the Proteas' new head coach.

England bowling coach Gibson was linked with the post by several British media outlets during Friday's first day of the fourth Test against South Africa at Old Trafford.

READ: Proteas bowlers keep England in check at Old Trafford

The current contract of South Africa head coach Russell Domingo expires at the end of this tour.

However, an ECB statement issued on Friday said no approach for Gibson had yet been received, while leaving the door ajar for a move when the series-ending fourth Test is finished.

"We have had no approach from Cricket South Africa," it said.

"We will not listen to any approaches until after the current series has concluded."

The 48-year-old Gibson is in his second spell working with England's pacemen after four years as head coach of his native West Indies from 2010-14.

Former West Indies fast bowler Gibson rejoined England's coaching staff two years ago.

England, 2-1 up against South Africa, start a new Test series against the West Indies later this month

The ECB would, at the very latest, want any vacancy in their backroom team filled before this year's Ashes tour of Australia.

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