Gary Kirsten rules himself out of running for England director's job
Former South Africa coach Gary Kirsten has ruled himself out of the running to replace Andy Flower.
Last Updated: 07/02/14 3:06pm
Kirsten was one of the favourites for the job but he insists that he will not be applying for the job for family reasons.
Kirsten, who won 101 Test caps for South Africa, was highly successful as a coach of the Proteas, guiding them to the top of world rankings, where they remain.
He stepped down in August last year, citing family reasons, and he says that situation has not changed.
"I would regard any job like that as a privilege," he told Sky Sports News. "But I gave up the Proteas job for family reasons - I want to spend more time with a young family and that certainly hasn't changed. I love cricket coaching, I love being with an international team. But unfortunately the demands of it don't suit where I want to be."
Kirsten believes Andy Flower did a fine job in his spell with England but says that their coaching methods and philosophies are very different. He is not sure, therefore, if his own methods would have worked with the England set-up.
"Like anything it would have been a great challenge," he said. "Whenever I've toured England I've been amazed at the following of the game there. It's a pressurised sport and I think Andy Flower over many years did an exceptional job.
"I had many chats with him and enjoyed his way - in many ways it's different to mine. One would wonder if my coaching philosophy would have worked in that environment. I would have enjoyed the challenge.
"I'm taking on an IPL team, the Delhi Daredevils, thankfully that's over a shorter period of time. One thing I'm really looking forward to is working with some Englishmen, some Australians, some West Indians and South Africans and Indians."
Limited-overs coach Ashley Giles is the favourite for the job.