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Kirsten's call made Donald join as Proteas bowling coach

June 8, 2011 - Wellington

Allan Donald has said that he didn't seek out the Australian or South African bowling coach jobs, but admitted it took him "half a second" to say yes when Gary Kirsten called last week.

Having turned his back on a verbal agreement with New Zealand Cricket to continue as its bowling coach, Donald was yesterday announced in that role by South Africa - alongside head coach Kirsten.

NZC had made arrangements to relocate Donald and his family to Christchurch, and agreed to terms of a two-year contract, before Donald told chief executive Justin Vaughan of his last-minute change of heart on Saturday.

"I really hope that people in New Zealand don't think that I was shopping around. These things came out of the blue. Australia rang me out of the blue and that threw a little curveball. Then South Africa: from nowhere, Gary phoned me and that was another curveball," quoted Donald, as saying.

"It's something I've been wanting to do for a long time with the South Africans, getting involved in their system. But I was ready to go to New Zealand, that was the bottom line," he said.

Craig McDermott was named Australia's bowling coach last month, which appeared to ensure that Donald would remain in the New Zealand role he filled during the World Cup.


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