Ottis Gibson likely to be appointed South Africa's head coach

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Speaking after the first day of the Old Trafford Test, the England assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, said: "Ottis is someone with a lot of global experience".

"Ottis is someone who has obviously had a lot of worldwide experience", he added.

"We have not had any approach from CSA and we will not listen to any approaches until the current series has concluded", an European Central Bank spokesperson said.

England denied any formal approach had been made for the 48-year-old Bajan, who previously coached his native West Indies and is in his second spell in the European Central Bank set-up, but it seems highly likely that picture will change next week.

Russell Domingo, the present South Africa head coach, is out of contract after the end of this Test match, although The Times understands that he has reapplied for the job after Cricket South Africa (CSA) advertised the position on May 18.

England look set to lose their highly-rated bowling coach Ottis Gibson to South Africa, who are poised to appoint him as their first black head coach.

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"We have had no approach from Cricket South Africa", the European Central Bank statement said.

England and South Africa will tussle for control of the fourth Investec Test on Saturday, before attentions turn to a battle for Ottis Gibson's services.

"We've obviously heard the news tonight but I promise you we have had nothing official. We have had nothing official and hopefully it will be left for the end of the series".

For England, though, making sure they have a replacement appointed before they depart for Australia in late October will be crucial to their chances of retaining the Ashes. The first two hours we could have lost more than one wicket but it showed guts, skill and some luck to go into lunch one down.

Question marks remain about Keaton Jennings after the opener made just 17. You find out about yourself in worldwide cricket and so do the opposition. But Domingo's tenure runs out at the end of this Test and Gibson remains in line to replace him. "He has not said anything to us".

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