April 3, 2017 / 9:40 AM / 4 months ago

Kirsten joins Hobart Hurricanes as head coach

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FILE PHOTO: Gary Kirsten gestures during a training session at Moors cricket ground in Colombo September 18, 2012, ahead of South Africa's Group C World Twenty20 match against Zimbabwe at Hambantota .Philip Brown/Files

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - South African World Cup winning coach Gary Kirsten has joined Australia's Hobart Hurricanes on a two-year deal, the Big Bash League (BBL) side said on Monday.

The former South Africa opening batsman had a very successful stint as India's head coach when he lead them to the top of the world test rankings and the 50-over World Cup title in 2011.

The 49-year-old also coached South Africa to the number one test ranking before a stint with the Delhi Daredevils Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 side.

"I am committed to developing the young T20 talent within the club and the region -- at the same time creating the best environment for our leaders and experienced players to perform their best," Kirsten said in Hurricanes statement.

"My vision is to help the Hurricanes become the club of choice for all aspiring BBL players.

"I would also like to help create an environment which enables a positive and entertaining brand of T20 cricket and to help deliver consistent success to the club."

The Hurricanes have failed to reach the semi-finals of the eight-team BBL since losing in the final three years ago.

Kirsten would visit Hobart mid-year before relocating for the duration of the BBL season, the franchise said.

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Editing by John O'Brien

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