Last Update on: February 7th, 2022 at 11:37 am
Former England captain Paul Collingwood is likely to become England’s interim head coach for next month’s Test series against West Indies.
After a humiliating Ashes campaign where England lost 0-4 to Australia in Down Under, there is a lot happening in the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Paul Collingwood to take interim coach’s role for West Indies Test series – Reports
England head coach Chris Silverwood along with assistant coach Graham Thorpe had to leave the role from England’s coaching staff.
Andrew Strauss, who recently replaced Ashley Giles as the interim managing director of ECB, will have enough time to contemplate the appointment of a new head coach before the start of England’s summer in June.
According to a report by Daily Mail, Collingwood’s upgrade from an assistant coach would avoid a complete overhaul of the current coaching staff.
The 45-year-old was appointed the head coach of England’s T20I side that lost the five-match series to West Indies 3-2.
Joe Root to continue as England Test captain
Despite the layoffs at ECB after the Ashes debacle, England Test captain Joe Root will continue leading the team in the red-ball format after receiving support from Strauss.
“Having spoken to Joe, it is absolutely clear the extent of his commitment to taking this side forward. He has incredible motivation and energy to do that,” Strauss said.
“He is bruised, and hugely disappointed by what went on in the Ashes but he sets a magnificent example, both on and off the field, so I will give him my full support and make sure he has the right structure around him to take pressure off him and make sure he can do his job properly,” Strauss added.
England are scheduled to play three Test matches against West Indies with the first Test to kick-off on March 8 in Antigua. The second Test will be played in Barbados between March 16-20 with the last Test in Grenada starting on March 24.