Ottis Gibson

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Ottis Gibson
Personal information
Full name Ottis Delroy Gibson
Born (1969-03-16) 16 March 1969 (age 45)
Saint Peter, Barbados
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 210) 22 June 1995 v England
Last Test 6 January 1999 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 73) 28 May 1995 v England
Last ODI 3 May 1997 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–2007 Durham
2004–2005 Leicestershire
2000–2001 Gauteng
1998–2000 Griqualand West
1994–1996 Glamorgan
1992–1995 Border
1990–1998 Barbados
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 2 15 177 212
Runs scored 93 141 5,604 2,548
Batting average 23.25 14.10 24.25 21.05
100s/50s 0/0 0/1 2/29 1/5
Top score 37 52 155 102*
Balls bowled 472 739 32,441 9,807
Wickets 3 34 659 310
Bowling average 91.66 18.26 27.79 24.30
5 wickets in innings 2 28 5
10 wickets in match n/a 8 n/a
Best bowling 2/81 5/40 10/47 5/19
Catches/stumpings 0/– 3/– 68/– 59/–
Source: [1], 15 February 2009

Ottis Delroy Gibson (born 16 March 1969) is a cricket coach and former player from Barbados. A pace bowler and exploiter of the older cricket ball for the West Indies, Gibson is now head coach for the West Indies. He previously worked as bowling coach for England.[2]

International career[edit]

Gibson made two Test appearances for the West Indies. In his first outing against England in 1995, he picked up the wickets of Alec Stewart and Darren Gough in the first innings, finishing with figures of 2-81, but was less successful in the second with 0-51. With the bat he made 29 and 14, as the West Indies slumped to a 72 run defeat.[3]

His second appearance came in 1999 against South Africa. He took the wicket of Jacques Kallis in the first innings to end with 1-92, but in the second innings, again finished with 0-51. He made his highest Test score of 37 during his first knock, and made 13 before being run out in his second. South Africa eventually won by 149 runs.[4]

Gibson was seen primarily as a one-day specialist - "his hard-hitting late middle-order batting was particularly effective in the closing overs of the innings."[5] He played in 15 One Day Internationals, top scoring with 52 against Australia and taking best figures of 5-42 against Sri Lanka. He took another 5 wicket haul against the same opposition and two four-fors, finishing with an impressive bowling average of 18.26.[6]

Cricketing career[edit]

Gibson's county cricket career saw him play for Glamorgan before taking up coaching with the ECB after a series of niggling injuries. However, he returned to playing with Leicestershire in 2004. In 2006, he moved to Durham. As well as playing for three South African provincial sides, Gibson has also made appearances for Staffordshire.[7]

Durham career[edit]

Gibson signed a two year contract with Durham in 2006. In his first season, he picked up 48 wickets and recorded a highest first-class score of 155, to keep his side in the division.[8]

On 22 July 2007, he took 10/47 against Hampshire, becoming the 79th bowler in first-class cricket to take 10 wickets in an innings and the first in the County Championship since Richard Johnson in 1994:

Wicket Batsman How Out Score Total
1 Michael Carberry caught by Ben Harmison 4 13-1
2 John Crawley caught by Philip Mustard 6 29-2
3 Michael Lumb lbw 16 65-3
4 Chris Benham bowled 2 67-4
5 Nic Pothas caught and bowled 0 67-5
6 Dimitri Mascarenhas caught by Philip Mustard 8 81-6
7 Shane Warne lbw 1 85-7
8 Shaun Udal caught by Philip Mustard 4 89-8
9 David Griffiths caught by Philip Mustard 2 115-9
10 James Bruce bowled 0 115

Hampshire finished 115 all out, and Gibson walked away with astonishing figures of 17.3-1-47-10. Despite this feat, the match ended in a draw.[9]

Later in 2007, Gibson bowled Durham to victory, again against Hampshire, in the Friends Provident Trophy. After setting 312 to win, with Gibson smashing fifteen off just seven balls, the Dynamos bowled out the Hawks for just 187. Gibson had Michael Lumb and Sean Ervine caught by Michael Di Venuto first and second ball of the innings respectively, both for 0. He then had Kevin Pietersen out lbw for 12 to leave Hampshire 17-3, finishing with figures of 3-24. He picked up the Player of the Match award for his efforts.[10] Gibson remarked after the game, "Unbelievable. But we've got four games left and if I'm going to get through them I'm going to have to cut down on the celebrations a little bit."[11]


On 20 September 2007 Gibson was appointed as England's bowling coach for the one-day series in Sri Lanka because Allan Donald had commentary duties in South Africa.[12] He had previously worked with Peter Moores at the National Academy during the past two winters.[13]

At the end of the one-day series in Sri Lanka, Gibson was appointed full-time as England's bowling coach, effectively ending his playing career.[14]

On 30 January 2010 it was announced that Gibson would be leaving his England post to take up a new role head coach of the West Indies.[2]


  1. ^ Ottis Gibson Cricinfo
  2. ^ a b Gibson leaves England for West Indies ESPN cricinfo, 2 February 2010
  3. ^ England v. West Indies scorecard from
  4. ^ South Africa v. West Indies scorecard from
  5. ^ Batting style from
  6. ^ ODI Career from
  7. ^ Career information from
  8. ^ Career Statistics from
  9. ^ Durham v. Hampshire scorecard from
  10. ^ Friends Provident Trophy Final 2007 scorecard from
  11. ^ Final Quote from
  12. ^ Gibson named England bowling coach for Sri Lanka tour from
  13. ^ Gibson relishes new England role BBC Sport
  14. ^ Gibson takes England bowling role BBC Sport