Speculating on the Next England Cricket Coach

Tommy RogersContributor IJanuary 14, 2009

What a mess the England cricket board have got themselves in.

The Aussies must be having a laugh reading the headlines while drinking a VB beer and putting another shrimp on the barby. The embarrassing situation that England have left themselves in at such a crucial stage before the ashes test is mind boggling.

Now that Strauss has be appointed skipper after the squabble that KP had with Peter Moores leaves Andrew Strauss with a big job of reuniting the team and winning the next series away against the west indies.

Now that the selectors have got one mess almost cleared they still have a massive space too fill.

Who will be the next England coach? And there are a lot of names out there. Andy Flower? Currently catering for England temporarily. Darren Lehmann? A former experienced Australian that Shane Warne recommends and has coached the Australian academy side.

"I'll talk to them if they want to talk to me. You would never knock back an opportunity like that," he said.

"It's something I would definitely consider. Shane Warne is a very good friend of mine and he knows what I want to do.

"I'm working with second-stringers at the moment and anyone would want to work with players at that international level."

Graham Ford the South African which was Kevin Petersen’s mentor from day one and a close friend has been brought up for the role. Ford joined with Kent in 2004 and currently has one year left remaining on his contract.

Kent have decided to release Ford from his contract if the ECB and selectors decide to appoint him. Between 1999 and 2001 Ford was coaching South Africa, winning eight from eleven games. But was relieved after being beaten by Australia home and away.

"I'm not the kind of person to make a decision overnight and being involved in the West Indies would certainly be a rush job," said Ford, referring to England's forthcoming tour of the Windies.

"It is certainly something I would like to explore if offered. I would explore the situation and I would like to understand some of the dynamics of the set up and then make a decision."

The ECB would hopefully like to appoint a coach by the English summer which England take on Australia for the ashes. Andy Flower, the batting coach that was under Moores could improve he’s chances of securing the job if England performs well during the clash against the Windies.

Australians Tom Moody and Dav Whatmore, both who captained Sri Lanka also have been speculated for the job. Previous 2005 ashes winning Ashley Giles name has been mentioned for the place.

Among others that would like the job these are the questions that the ECB and selectors will have to contemplate. And would crucially need to get right. At such an important time in English cricket regaining the ashes is top priority. At this time of anarchy within the team camp about who is wrong and who is right it’s about English cricket.