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Gary Kirsten, the former star Proteas batsman who coached India to an ICC World Cup crown and the number one ranking in test cricket, has been appointed head coach of South Africa's national cricket team.
Gary Kirsten retired after 11 years of Test cricket with a slew of records to his name, including most Tests played, most runs scored and most centuries struck by a South African. Yet the statistics do not do him full justice. Kirsten was about substance more than style. Put differently: if you were going into battle, with the stakes at their highest, his is the name you'd want first on your team sheet ...
When Gary Kirsten did well, South Africa did well. Over the course of an 11-year career the nuggety left hander from Cape Town became the rock upon which the South African team built its batting. And when he was finished he owned most of the important South African batting records.