Hallo Kirsten, goodbye Smith

Gary Kirsten is set to be appointed the new Proteas coach and Graeme Smith will in all likelihood resign on Sunday as Test captain of the national cricket team.


Russell Domingo will be Kirsten’s assistant and Allan Donald will take over as the new bowling coach.

These shock announcements are set to be announced when the Executive Council of Cricket South Africa (CSA) start with a “house-cleaning exercise” on Monday.

Although the CSA Board must still approve the appointments, Sport24 has learned from reliable sources that Kirsten will succeed Corrie van Zyl after South Africa’s disastrous World Cup campaign.

Kirsten, a former Proteas opening batsman, led India to glory in the World Cup a couple of months ago.

Smith will apparently resign on Sunday as Test captain. He has in recent times also resigned as one-day and Twenty20 captain.

It is being speculated that AB de Villiers will be the new captain.

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    June 4, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Good riddance.
    I won’t miss you.

  2. DavidS

    DavidS the gloomy Lion

    June 4, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Ek stem

    Good riddance to bad bad bad rubbish…

    Oh and while you are away STAY away…

    Hopefully the rest of the little ruling troika follows him…

    This means you Boucher and you Kallis…

    Unless Kallis can somehow decide he is a team player after all….

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    June 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    We might just see Gibbs back in the fold.

    Well know fact that Gazza was the one who kept Gibbs in check when they were still playing mates…..

  4. DavidS

    DavidS the gloomy Lion

    June 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    And if Smith didn’t like someone they got dropped… like Smith who couldn’t deal with Lance Klusener standing up to him…

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    June 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Reply to DavidS the gloomy Lion @ 2:26 pm:

    Klusener – yes.
    Clive Rice is an even better example.

  6. avatar


    June 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Has Gibbs ever had a serious thought in his life?

  7. avatar


    June 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 4:05 pm:

    Ray Jennings!!

  8. avatar


    June 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Biff – dont let the door hit ya where the good Lord didna bless ya (old redneck saying)

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    June 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Daar wag n verrassings vir n paar van die cricketeers….

    Gazza is GROOT op dissipline en fiksheid!!!!

  10. avatar


    June 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Reply to pietploos @ 4:39 pm:

    Nog ‘n fokkit van my kant.

  11. avatar


    June 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Het nou net n bietjie van die OosKaap Rugby gekyk…

    WAAR is al daai miljoene Rugby Ondersteuners…??

  12. avatar


    June 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I see Rob Houwing does not agree, after handclapping for himself for his insight to call for Kirsten:

    Biff quitting would be hasty

    Graeme Smith possibly sacrificing Test captaincy would be taking the Kirsten-inspired shake-up in SA cricket too far.

  13. avatar

    The Brand

    June 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Seker een van my mins geliefde sportmanne in SA.

    IMO is biff die gif in span!

  14. DavidS

    DavidS the gloomy Lion

    June 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Ek stem


    Ja en natuurlik daardie fontein van swart spelers… in hulle miljuisende…

    Wonder presies hoeveel swart spelers was daar op daardie veld in die oorsproing fontein van swart rugby… begin al glo daardie storie is groot kak…

  15. avatar


    June 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Reply to pietploos @ 4:44 pm:

    Hulle wag vir die SuperWhatever in 2013 –
    wanneer die Kings met hoofsaaklik gekoopte
    wit spelers gaan opdraf.
    Miskien so hier en daar ‘n Solly Tyibilika,
    en ons weet hoe pateties hy was.

  16. avatar


    June 5, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Exit the most successful ‘test’ captain in the history of RSA cricket… show them the middle finger mate and earn R7.2mill for eating 3 months of awesome food every year for the next 5…

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    June 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Reply to bryce_shark_in_oz @ 6:12 am:

    Fickle aren’t they

    He had his conference, he has not resigned, only apoligised for not coming back to SA straight away.

    Smith will remain test captain.

  18. avatar


    June 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 7:35 pm:

    Bo en behalwe dat die Premier XV (wat Vrydag middag en Saterdag oggend saam geoefen het) die “toekoms van SA Rugby” n rugby les geleer het – was daar om en by 500 mense by die game?
    Omtrent soveel soos by n Boland Vodacom Game……

    AS die Kings dink hulle gaan met daai span n merk in die CC maak – wat nog te se – die Super Superwhatever – wag daar n moerse verrasing vir hulle!

    Dit is wat gebeur – as jy n coach aanstel – wat n genuine goeie man manager is maar FOPOL van die game verstaan nie.
    Hy kontrakteer n hele span vol OU manne teen belaglike GROOT salarisse, war die spelers dan meer bekommerd is oor hoe hulle paycheck lyk as oor volgende week se game.

    Daar wag ongelukkig n wake up call vir diaa klom in die windy city!

  19. avatar


    June 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Reply to Morné @ 12:15 pm:

    I hope not.

  20. avatar


    June 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Graeme Smith has apologised for not returning to SA following the Proteas’ exit from the recent CWC, but will continue as Test skipper.
    The captaincy is not your decision, you disloyal doos.
    Can only be that Gary want’s him there.
    Can’t wait to see his back.

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    June 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

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    June 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Reply to Jacques(Bunny)Stormers @ 4:20 pm:

    Man got ruled by his libido when his team
    had to face the music alone.

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    June 6, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 4:39 pm:

    just shows he is human as the rest of us… At least he did not f us over like the last captain; Hansie Cronje :censored:

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    June 6, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Awesome announcement if you ask me.

    I am a huge AB fan and think he has the potential for greatness, but not sure about his captaining abilities.

    And, I have never liked Smith.

  25. avatar


    June 6, 2011 at 10:36 am

    AB’s batting took a turn when he was forced in the WK position and now he is to be captain on top of that… please man…

  26. avatar


    June 6, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Reply to bryce_shark_in_oz @ 10:36 am:

    agree – AB should onkly concentrate on Batting. I am in fav of making Amla captain.


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