Last Update on: September 21st, 2018 at 10:56 am
Recently updated on September 21st, 2018 at 10:56 am
The assistant coach of England cricket team, Paul Farbrace has expressed his interest in coaching the England national team once the tenure of the current coach, Trevor Bayliss ends.
Paul Farbrace likely to be England’s coach
His contract will expire next year. Farbrace will be in charge of the England team for the one-off T20I against Australia and the three-match T20I series against India. Bayliss in the meantime will watch some domestic cricket and recruit some local talents.
With the World Cup slated to in less than a year’s time, it is the perfect time for Bayliss to keep a watch on the domestic circuit.
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Meanwhile, Farbrace admitted the fact he will be interested in taking up the coaching role when Bayliss decides to step down.
“If, next September, Andrew Strauss said ‘we want to offer you the job as coach’ it would be so difficult to say no to that, it really would,” Farbrace said. “Even if I was lucky enough to be considered for the role, then that would be a great position to be in.”
Given the tight schedule, Bayliss also felt the need of coaches getting split for different formats. Farbrace can also see the value of breaking the coaching set-up.
“Maybe, the way the game is going, it does make sense to go the way of split coaching,” he said. “Trevor did five months solid in the winter. That’s a lot to ask of anyone, and I enjoyed the little break I had.
“It may be that, when we get to September 2019, having one coach – me or somebody else – they may want to keep the job together if possible. Even the idea of two assistants and keeping the energy that way that may be another way to go. That’s not my call. Whatever it was I’d be excited to be in with a chance.
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“I don’t have a preference for the Test or limited-overs role. To be honest, I’d take anything. The Test team obviously would be an exciting challenge because there’s more work to do than with the one-day side. But a lot will depend on who’s in the frame. It may be that there is a strong candidate that is happy to do everything. That’s for Straussy to decide and others to worry about.”
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Farbrace didn’t speak on the importance of his performance in the upcoming four games. It might decide his future in the coming months.
“I don’t think the next ten days are necessarily about me at all,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to be an acting head coach a couple of times before, thoroughly enjoyed it, and my goal is to make sure that nothing really changes.
Thrilled to be asked to look after this England squad said Farbrace,
“I genuinely mean it that I’m thrilled to be asked to look after the squad. Same as in the West Indies and same as after Peter Moores left and before Trevor came. It’s just great to do. As a coach, you are continually learning and trying to get better. I’ve made some horrendous mistakes in the past. In the two years, I was the head coach at Kent I had a disaster. And that’s the only thing you can do as a coach, keep learning and improving.
“I’m not saying this to make it easier if I don’t get the job. If come next September, I have a chance that would be fantastic and if I ended up being offered the position that would be great.”
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