'Fresh' Kirsten ready for Hurricanes job

03 May 2017

Gary Kirsten has been named Hobart coach // Getty

South Africa great says he's refreshed after IPL experience and ready to turn around Hobart's Big Bash fortunes

New Hobart Hurricanes coach Gary Kirsten believes his time away from coaching could prove to be a positive as he prepares to take over the reins of the KFC Big Bash League club.

Kirsten, who signed a two-year contract with the Hurricanes last month after Hobart parted ways with Damien Wright following a disappointing BBL|06 campaign, has not been in charge of a team since ending his tenure with the Delhi Daredevils in 2015.

The South African great had penned a three-year deal with the Indian Premier League club, but his contract was terminated with one year remaining.

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"There are positives and negatives to it (the time away from coaching), the positive is you come with a fresh perspective with no immediate reference point of scarring from experiences you have had," Kirsten told News Ltd.

"The trepidation is always when you start again, are you losing touch with the modern dynamics of it?

"Certainly my style of coaching would be to share thinking in that space, it is not all about me, it is about a leadership group that can build a team that can go on and have consistent success."

While Kirsten didn't coach a team in 2016, he has a wealth of experience, having led India to the 2011 World Cup title before steering the Proteas to the top of the ICC Test rankings during his stint as head coach from 2011-2013.

He said while there were aspects of his IPL experience he did not enjoy he had learned a "huge amount" from it.

"(The IPL) was an interesting two years, first year there was a lot of challenges along the way, I was new into it and there was a lot of emotion around my appointment," Kirsten said.

"It wasn't managed certainly the way I would have liked to come into the space to get a feel of IPL a little bit more.

"Our second year I really enjoyed. We improved but not by much, we were on a three-year cycle but unfortunately I didn't get the third year.

"I learned a huge amount out of it, and one thing more than anything was just working with different cultures."

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Tigers greats Ricky Ponting and David Boon were part of a Cricket Tasmania panel that made the call to hire the World Cup-winning coach, with Kirsten impressing the group with his vision for the club.

"Gary has a contemporary approach to T20 coaching and is looking forward to creating a vibrant and strong environment for players to succeed," Hurricanes general manager Bill Avery said when the appointment was announced.

"We are striving for the Hurricanes to be a BBL club of choice for local and international T20 players – and Gary shares this vision."

The Hurricanes have been absent from the finals for the past three BBL seasons and finished seventh with a 3-5 win-loss record last summer.

Hobart have two international slots to fill for BBL|07, with both of last summer's overseas players – Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara and England quick Stuart Broad – out of contract.

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