England set to take big lead against South Africa

England could lose their bowling coach Gibson who is reportedly the preferred candidate to take over as South Africa's new head coach

If Root needs evidence of why he should have the confidence to get South Africa batting again sooner rather than later he need only recall his own dismissal, which saw an Olivier delivery deflect onto the stumps off the bottom of his bat as he attempted a drive.

In reply, England's openers, Cook and Jennings, started cautiously against the twin new-ball threat of Morkel and Kagiso Rabada - nearly too cautiously in Jennings' case, who, after failing to get off the mark from his first 13 deliveries, poked uncertainly down the line to Rabada, and squirted a fast but eminently catchable chance into the cordon. That's not what South Africa's batsmen will want to hear. "He has not said anything to us".

The ECB have denied that Cricket South Africa have made an approach for their fast-bowling coach, but The Mail on Sunday has learned that CSA have spent recent weeks asking major figures within the game for their views on Gibson.

The UK Telegraph has reported that Middlesex's Richard Johnson and Essex head coach Chris Silverwood are among the front-runners should Gibson leave the role.

Meanwhile, England assistant coach Paul Farbrace insisted that Gibson's departure will prove to be a huge setback for the team, if the reports are to be true.

The current Adelaide Strikers coach has worked with English county side Kent this year and last month was named as interim head coach of Papua New Guinea.

Former West Indies head coach Gibson, who is working in his second spell as a bowling coach for England, is reportedly in contention to replace Russell Domingo in charge of the Proteas.

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England might have been dismissed‚ and for how many fewer than they have scored? He is now in the second year of his second stint as England's bowling coach. Saker is now the Baggy Green's fast-bowling coach and is set to face his old employers this summer.

England sensed series victory, and got over the disappointment of Jonny Bairstow being dismissed for 99, as James Anderson ripped through South Africa's first innings with 4-33 on Day 2 of the fourth and final test on Saturday.

"Ottis is someone who has obviously had a lot of worldwide experience". It would be disrespectful of us to talk about his position.

"I definitely think we can win now".

"It's all being left now until the end of the series.I hope".

For England, though, making sure they have a replacement appointed before they depart for Australia in late October will be crucial to their chances of retaining the Ashes.

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