Proteas coach Ottis Gibson learnt exactly how difficult his new job will be on day one already.
Gibson was unveiled by Cricket South Africa yesterday and has already identified his first major obstacle - a lack of fit fast bowlers in the setup.
Gevaarman Dale Steyn is still out injured with a shoulder problem, while both Vernon Philander and Chris Morris have been ruled out of next week’s first Test against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom.
On top of this, rookie Lungi Ngidi is also unavailable with a back problem.
Speaking for the first time as coach of the South African national team, Gibson says: “We have four quality fast bowlers injured. That’s a problem straight away. You can’t really develop a team with that type of injury list.
“We have to take 20 wickets consistently to win tests. We need a group of fast bowlers ready to perform.”
Gibson, though, is not as pessimistic about the future of Proteas cricket, saying: “I am lucky in a sense, the Proteas have been to number one in the world on a few occasions, and not very long ago, they were number one in the world.
“We’ve got people in the team that knows what it takes to get to number one, and we need to make sure they still have that passion for the game.”