Rob Key. Photo- SKy Sports
Rob Key. Photo- SKy Sports

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) aims to divide the coaching roles into red-ball (Test) and white-ball (ODIs and T20Is) formats.

The ECB have invited candidates to apply for the respective role with the deadline set by May 6 and the first-round interview will be conducted on May 9 & 10.

England to re-introduce split coaching roles after eight years

The last time England observed split-coaching roles was between 2012-14 when Zimbabwe’s Andy Flower (Test coach) and Ashley Giles (limited-overs coach) held the positions with the men’s national team.

ECB Managing Director Ashley Giles (Photo- Getty)
Ashley Giles (Photo- Getty)

The decision to bring back split-coaching for different formats was foreseen after veteran commentator Rob Key’s appointment as ECB’s Managing Director of Men’s cricket team on April 17.

According to reports, former South Africa player and World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten was approached for England’s Test coach role.

Gary Kirsten
Gary Kirsten coached India in the 2011 World Cup. Image-TOI

According to an ESPNcricinfo, Graham Ford, who formed a strong working relationship with Key at Kent from 2005 to 2009, has emerged as a contender for the Test job.

Apart from Kirsten and Ford, the Australian duo of Simon Katich and Tom Moody will also be the other potential candidates to replace Chris Silverwood.

Former England batter Paul Collingwood, who took over from Silverwood as England’s interim coach, is unlikely to get the job after failure in the Caribbean, where England lost both the T20I (3-2) Test (1-0) series.

England to fill Test captaincy role after Joe Root vacated the position

The foremost thing for Rob Key is to revamp England’s structure in the traditional format after an abysmal winter where the Joe-Root led side couldn’t register a win in eight matches in Australia and West Indies.

In the aftermath of England’s shocking performance, Root stepped down from the Test captain’s role.

All-rounder Ben Stokes, who was deputy to Root, remains the front-runner to take over the reins from the Yorkshire player.

England are scheduled to host New Zealand for three-match Test series, which starts on June 2 at the Lord’s.

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