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Gibson Still Has Many Proteas Questions to Answer

While the most important question – who is the man, away from the field of play, around whom all things Proteas will be centred, has been answered, there are still many questions that remain mysteries and even some that can only be asked now that South Africans have the first answer.

Ottis Gibson has come on board to guide the Proteas quest to bring home the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

However, who will be his assistants?

Who will Gibson choose in his first squad?

Who will Open the batting against Bangladesh?

Who will back up Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada with the ball in the absence of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander* and Chris Morris*?

For now, the first question has been answered with all of the current support staff being given a reprieve until the conclusion of the coming Tigers tour at the least until Gibson has assessed the kind of help he may need.

The remaining three questions will be answered next week at the conclusion of the ongoing opening round of Sunfoil Series matches once the former Windies mentor has had the chance to assess the options open to him.

Other than contests against Zimbabwe, Ireland or Afghanistan, the coming series against the asian minnows is the perfect assignment for him to begin his planning. Unlike the other three sides mentioned, Bangladesh are a team on the rise so will provide an examination of the various personnel. That said, Mushfiqur Rahim’s men may still battle in South African condition likely giving Gibson and his first squad a winning start to the former all-rounder’s tenure.

One thing is certain, with the available Proteas players all being involved in the Sunfoil games this week, competition for places in the squad for the Potchefstroom first test is sure to be high. With only seven places in the starting eleven: Amla, du Plessis, Bavuma, de Kock, Elgar, Rabada, Morkel, as near as certain, there is a lot for every one of the 59 other players to play for, even with some players holding more of an inside track than others.

*Philander has been ruled out of the first Test while Morris both tests.

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