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Weather conditions will be key to World Cup – Ottis Gibson

Thu, 16th May 2019

Ottis Gibson (Coach of the Proteas) and Faf du Plessis of the Proteas

South Africa coach Ottis Gibson says adapting to the varying English weather conditions will play a huge role in the outcome of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

The Proteas will take on hosts England in the tournament opener on May 30 in London and Gibson, who had two spells as England bowling coach, says he is unsure what conditions his side will face over the next six weeks.

“England can be interesting, it depends on the weather,” he told reporters earlier this week.

“They are forecasting a hot spell coming up in the next couple of months, so perhaps the tracks will be a lot dryer.

“England lends itself to high-scoring games. The weather will play a part in that. I believe the conditions will play a huge part in the outcome of the World Cup.”

Gibson is not the only member of the South African coaching set-up that has plenty of experience in England, as spin bowling coach Claude Henderson and batting coach Dale Benkenstein both spent a decade playing county cricket.

“I’ve had two stints in England and I still live in England,” Gibson said. “Claude had 10 years at Leicester. Dale Benkenstein played 10 years at Durham. So from a point of view of conditions, we can give insight.”