Ottis Gibson will coach England’s fast bowlers on the tour to the West Indies but the position will be reviewed before a permanent appointment is made.
Gibson is considered right for providing invaluable information on the Windies players having been the region’s coach for four years up until August last year.
He was England’s bowling coach for three years from 2007 and rejoins Peter Moores who first appointed him to the backroom team in his first stint as the England head coach.
Gibson replaces David Saker who was recently appointed bowling coach of the Melbourne Renegades and is hoping to extend his job to work with the Victoria state team. Even though he is not due to leave the ECB until September it looks unlikely that Saker will work with England again.
“We are delighted to have secured a bowling coach of Ottis’ calibre as he is highly respected among the fast bowling fraternity and his knowledge and experience of local conditions will be invaluable in the Caribbean,” said Paul Downton, the managing director of the England team.
Gibson had a good relationship with James Anderson and Stuart Broad and was the team’s fast bowling coach when they established themselves in the Test team in 2008.
“Welcome back Ottis Gibson. My new ball partner at Leicestershire in the early days, he’s great to work with,” Broad tweeted.
He has been replaced as West Indies coach by Trinidadian Phil Simmons who was coach of Ireland up til recently.
England leave for the West Indies for a crucial three-Test series on April 2.