Vastavam web: With a 2-0 Test series victory over Bangladesh out of the way, new South Africa head coach Ottis Gibson has started planning for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.After winning the second Test with two days to spare, the first of three One-day Internationals against Bangladesh is set for Kimberley on Sunday and it will mark the first stage on a long road to the showpiece in England.After South Africa’s innings win against Bangladesh, he said he and captain Faf du Plessis have already started working towards the tournament.
“We’ve got about 30 to 35 one-day games between now and 2019,” said Gibson.”The idea between Faf and myself and the selectors is to have a look at players, to give opportunities to players who might be on the fringes, so that in a year’s time we narrow that pool down.Gibson said that in the year leading up to the World Cup, he hoped to have a good idea of which players to take.
“The last year is to try to nail down 15 or 16 names we can pencil in. But it’s still a long way between now and then,” he said.Gibson has had talks with fast bowler Morne Morkel, who reportedly is thinking of accepting a county contract in England if he doesn’t get assurances that he will be part of the World Cup plans.Gibson is looking forward to meeting star batsman AB de Villiers, who was not available for the Tests, but is currently playing in a first-class match for his franchise, the Titans.
De Villiers will also play for a South African Invitation XI in a warm-up match for Bangladesh in Bloemfontein on Thursday, ahead of the one-day internationals.Gibson said he was pleased with the way the Test team had performed in a one-sided series against Bangladesh.”At the start of the season everyone said ‘easy series’, but you still have to go and play cricket.