Gibson enjoying Proteas challenge

06 April 2018 03:38:47 EST

Head coach Ottis Gibson says his first six months in charge of South Africa's quest to become the world's number one Test team has been enjoyable.

The Proteas have won eight of their ten matches since Gibson left his position as England bowling coach - beating both India and Australia in home series.

"I have enjoyed my first six months," the former West Indies player and World Twenty20-winning coach said.

"It has been quite an experience, we have won eight out of 10 Test matches, and we won two big series. The same way that players set goals, the coaches also set goals for the team.

"The goal for the Test team is to try to get to number one. We know where we are in that space, but the way the players have welcomed me into the dressing room has been fantastic.

"We played against two of the toughest teams to play against. We went a different way in terms of the approach we took for the series against India, we went with four fast bowlers and six batsmen.

"The pitches were a bit sporty and the batsmen were under pressure to score runs, but we didn't need 500 scores on the wickets that we had so it was okay.

"A Test series against Australia in South Africa, our goal was to be the first South African team since readmission to win a series against Australia at home."

South Africa can be backed at 9/1 to win the 2019 World Cup in England, with New Zealand priced at 10/1 and India 11/4.

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