England are reportedly considering current Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur as one of the men to replace England coach Trevor Bayliss when he leaves at the end of the summer. Bayliss, who recently guided England to their first-ever World Cup triumph, will end his tenure with England at the end of the ongoing Ashes.
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Indian Premier League franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad have already roped in Bayliss to replace Tom Moody as their next coach. According to BBC, England director of cricket Ashley Giles, on Monday said he had informally sounded out candidates. Mickey Arthur is also reportedly contacted about the job.
The South African is seemingly interested in the high-profile job. Arthur’s contract with Pakistan expired at the end of the World Cup. Reports from Pakistan suggest that the Pakistan Cricket Board are unlikely to hand an extension to Arthur.
Arthur, who has also coached South Africa and Australia, has tasted success in England. In 2008, he coached South Africa to a Test series win while in 2017 he helped Pakistan win the Champions Trophy. Other potential candidates are South Africa coach Ottis Gibson and former India coach Gary Kirsten.
West Indian Gibson has had two spells as England bowling coach and took charge of South Africa at the end of 2017. Gibson has already said that he was “happy to be linked with any job”. On the other hand, Kirsten, who won the World Cup with India in 2011 and is currently in charge of Royal Challengers Bangalore, is also available for the job.
In addition, current England assistants Chris Silverwood, Paul Collingwood and Graham Thorpe could be considered. The news outlet further stated that there is a possibility that England will have an interim coach for the tour of New Zealand in November.