Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander did good enough job in England although Philander's fitness and Morkel's Kolpak twist presents them with new questions.
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Dwaine Pretorius is another champion all-rounder waiting in the wings and is a much better batsman than Morris, Phehlukwayo and Philander.
Gibson will need to oversee and control these five options and find the right blend before the Indian juggernaut lands.
The Test opener conundrum Similar to his previous side’s situation, South Africa have just one stable opener in Test cricket and are on the hunt for an able partner at the top for Dean Elgar.
Heino Kuhn, the latest experiment in that regard, came a cropper in England with just 113 runs across four matches and is unlikely to continue at the top given his age is on the higher side.
Till a month back, Ottis Gibson could enjoy a tranquil evening over a bottle of beer and witness James Anderson and Stuart Broad run in and bowl flawlessly ball after ball. He was England's bowling coach, and a reputed one at that, after his four-year period with the West Indies (2010-2014) brought in the World T20 title in 2012.
Resuming his duties with England (he had been England’s bowling coach from 2007 to 2010 as well) Gibson could afford a bit of lax.
He had some reputed bowlers at his disposal and his major requirements involved fine-tuning rather than hardcore training.
But his elevation to South Africa's head coach brings with it a plethora of issues, both political and cricketing-wise, and Gibson will need to bid goodbye to his English lifestyle.
But accommodating him in the bowling line-up is another tough task.
The likes of Duanne Olivier and Beuran Hendricks also await chances and managing the pace battery will be another of Gibson's tasks.
Gibson's first assignment in the home season will be relatively easier with Bangladesh set to visit the rainbow nation.