RIGHT MAN: Jason Gillespie looks on during a Yorkshire training session.
RIGHT MAN: Jason Gillespie looks on during a Yorkshire training session. Richard Heathcotegetty IMAGES

Three aussies in frame to coach England's Cricket team

JUST under two years ago, Mickey Arthur was sacked on the eve of the Ashes series in England.

Australia had not long returned from a terrible tour of India, during which players were dropped for not doing "homework" and the team was in turmoil.

Now the table has turned with England now the team feeling the pinch after a shambolic World Cup campaign, in which it was unceremoniously knocked out in the group stages after defeat to Bangladesh.

Coach Peter Moores survived the chop immediately following the World Cup debacle but some 30 minutes into Andrew Strauss' reign as Director of England Cricket, he was told he was surplus to requirements and the search for a new man begins in earnest ahead of the first Ashes Test in Cardiff, starting on July 8.

All this will sound familiar to Australian cricket fans, who watched on as Arthur was moved on and Darren Lehmann took the reins just before the ultimately unsuccessful Ashes tour in 2013.

But, the difference is Lehmann had been groomed to take over the top position in Australian cricket, while it seems as though there has been no succession plan in place in the Old Dart.

Former England middle-order grafter Paul Collingwood, who helped Scotland reach the World Cup in his role as batting coach, has been mentioned as a possible successor to Moores but the three other candidates, it seems, are all former Australian Test cricketers, Jason Gillespie, Justin Langer and Tom Moody.

This is, no doubt, likely to cause much consternation back in England, especially with the battle against a now No.1 Australian side just around the corner.

The question is: Does England go for the best coach available, whichever country he hails from, or is the fact that the coach is born in England or Britain, the deciding factor on who should be the coach of the national team?

Some might say that England had tremendous success under Andy Flower, a Zimbabwean, so why not go with another foreign coach?

Others have said there must be a Brit within the English county system capable of doing the job.

In fact, of the 18 county sides, 13 have British-born coaches, such as Dougie Brown, Richard Dawson, Steve Rhodes and Matthew Maynard, who have all had a taste of international cricket.

Former captain Nasser Hussain, said Gillespie was the right man for the job after caretaker coach Paul Farbrace, who will take the hotseat for the upcoming Test series with New Zealand, makes way.

Gillespie is currently coaching Yorkshire, and took the club from Division 2 to the first division and ultimately the County Championship last season

It will be interesting to see just how Australia reacts if either one of Gillespie, current West Australian coach Langer or long-time Sri Lankan coach Moody does get the job.

Just watch this space.


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