Gibson leaves South Africa role
England have been put on high alert after South Africa confirmed Ottis Gibson has left his position as head coach on Sunday.
Former West Indies international Gibson took charge of South Africa in August 2017, replacing Russell Domingo, while he also took over the fast bowling coaching duties from Charl Langeveldt in October that year.
However, the Proteas have decided to restructure their coaching set-up following a disappointing 2019 World Cup campaign, where they won just three of their nine matches to finish seventh.
Gibson, whose contract was due to expire in September, has been released early from his deal and this has brought about talk of a potential return to England, where he has two spells as bowling coach.
The 50-year-old is well-liked by the ECB who are currently deliberating which person will take over from current head coach Trevor Bayliss, who will be leaving his position next month.
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is said to be among the names under consideration to replace the Australian, but Gibson is said to be leading the way now due to his previous relationship with England.
As for South Africa, a new head coach will be appointed in September and will choose new coaching staff, as well as name the captain.
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