South Africa coach Ottis Gibson believes climate will play its half in deciding the end result of the Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.
South Africa play England within the match opener at The Oval on Could 30 and Gibson, who had two spells as England bowling coach, says he’s uncertain what situations his aspect will face over the following six weeks.
“England might be attention-grabbing, it will depend on the climate,” Gibson mentioned.
“They’re forecasting a sizzling spell developing within the subsequent couple of months, so maybe the tracks will probably be lots dryer.
“England lends itself to high-scoring video games. The climate will play a component in that. I consider the situations will play an enormous half within the end result of the World Cup.”
Gibson shouldn’t be the one member of the South African teaching set-up that has huge expertise of cricket in England as spin bowling coach Claude Henderson and batting coach Dale Benkenstein each spent a decade taking part in county cricket.
“I’ve had two stints in England and I nonetheless stay in England,” Gibson mentioned.
“Claude had 10 years at Leicester. Dale Benkenstein performed 10 years at Durham. So from a viewpoint of situations, we may give perception.”
Gibson provides that England are his favourites to elevate the trophy in dwelling situations.
“They’re the favourites aren’t they? I recall a while in the past (England bowler) Jimmy Anderson saying they must do one thing horrible to not win the World Cup, which is sweet for them.”
South Africa have beforehand discovered calamitous methods of exiting World Cup tournaments, together with a horrible run-out after they wanted one run to win to beat Australian in a semi-final at Edgbaston in 1999.
Gibson, nevertheless, mentioned they’d not converse publicly about previous failures which have led to the aspect being labelled ‘chokers’.
“We have now determined that we aren’t going to discuss it. One staff has to win and one staff has to lose, after which it comes right down to the way you guys (the media) write in regards to the loss.
“After we win off the final ball, no person says something in regards to the opposition. However once we lose off the final ball then it’s about that factor that occurred.”