Top coaches in contention for England job
As England coach Trevor Bayliss is all set to leave England camp at the end of the summer, the England Cricket Board is reportedly looking out for someone who can fill the position. It appears that the current coach of Pakistan cricket team, Mickey Arthur is one of the names being considered to replace Trevor Bayliss.
Besides Bayliss leading the race for a coaching job, the former Indian cricket team coach, Gary Kirsten and South Africa cricket team coach, Ottis Gibson are also in contention for the coaching role. The England director of cricket, Ashley Giles said that he had informally announced the top names of the candidates.
It has been learnt that Mickey Arthur is interested in the job. He has also enjoyed some fair bit of success while being in charge of South Africa when they won a test series in 2008 in the UK and again when steering Pakistan to the Champions Trophy in 2017.
Cut to Ottis Gibson, who has been in charge of South Africa since 2017, has earlier tasted two spells as England bowling coach. With his present contract due to expire, he said that he was happy to be associated with any job.
Coming to the experienced Gary Kirsten who has previously won the World Cup with India in 2011 is currently in charge of IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Besides these names, even the current England assistants namely Chris Silverwood, Paul Collingwood and Graham Thorpe are also considered as ideal candidates for the job.
Australian coach Andrew McDonald has also been connected to the job but he clearly expressed that he is much more interested in franchise games as he gets to work with the best players in the world and in addition, he would get to spend less time away from home.
With the New Zealand tour set to be held in November, there is a possibility that England may have an interim coach. However, this chance may be quite low if they appoint someone from the assistant coaches.