Ottis Gibson to quit as England bowling coach to become new head coach of West Indies
Ottis Gibson is to leave his post as Englandís bowling coach to become head coach of West Indies.
Details are being ironed out, but he will almost certainly not be going with England on their six-week tour of Dubai and Bangladesh. England will probably now travel without a bowling coach for that trip.
Rumours about Gibsonís imminent appointment have been circulating in the Caribbean but the England and Wales Cricket Board have until now flatly denied all knowledge of Gibsonís leaving.
That departure, so Telegraph Sport understands, is now a formality. Englandís players have already been informed.
Gibson, 40, played two Tests and 15 one-day internationals for West Indies and applied for their vacant coachís job in 2007, but was tempted instead by an offer from England, first as a temporary replacement for Allan Donald on the Sri Lanka tour that year and then on a permanent basis.
Gibson had been employed by the ECB as a coach as long ago as 2004 before resuming his nomadic playing career Ė he had represented Barbados, Border, Griqualand West, Gauteng and Glamorgan Ė with Leicestershire and then two great years with Durham before retirement.
He grew into his role with England and was part of a hard-working and tight-knit backroom staff to team director Andy Flower. He was publicly praised by England players for his part in last summerís Ashes success.
And he achieved success with the seamers in their mastering of reverse swing, producing notable results in Englandís victory in Durban, where South Africa were miffed that their bowling coach, Vincent Barnes, had not achieved similar results.
He did not achieve miracles, but Gibson brought much-needed discipline to Englandís bowling. In the Ashes, England conceded 31 runs in no-balls, Australia 86.
In practice, he insisted on someone standing as umpire in the nets, whereas Australia didnít. In his experience bowlers judged the spot from where to deliver partly from the white line, partly from where the umpire stood.
In South Africa, Englandís bowling was even more disciplined. They conceded four runs in no-balls during the four-Test series to South Africaís 32.
Replacements for Gibson are thin on the ground. Kevin Shine, Englandís bowling coach for a year in 2006-07, is now the ECBís lead fast-bowling coach, but can be discounted. There is no other obvious successor within the ECB set-up. Donald might be a possibility again.
Gibson will replace John Dyson, sacked last August. Former wicketkeeper David Williams has been in temporary charge of the West Indies