Gary Kirsten and Graham Ford express interest in England head coach, with Simon Katich also a candidate; Sky Sports News understands there is no dispute between Ricky Ponting and former Australia coach Justin Lange; Ben Stokes expected to replace Joe Root as Test captain

Last update: 26/04/22 4:34 PM

New England men’s cricket general manager Rob Key to appoint separate red and white head coaches

England men’s cricket general manager Rob Key has launched a search for a red and white head coach.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has released a job advertisement confirming that two head coaches will be appointed, one for Test cricket and the other for the restricted format.

England had previously had two separate managers between 2012 and 2014, with Andy Flower at the helm of red-ball cricket and Ashley Giles in charge of the white-ball team.

Chris Silverwood has left England manager after a humbling 4-0 Ashes defeat this winter, and Paul Collingwood took interim charge in the West Indies 1-0 Test series defeat in March.

Chris Silverwood leaves England manager after The Ashes and is now in charge of Sri Lanka

Chris Silverwood leaves England manager after The Ashes and is now in charge of Sri Lanka

The job advertisement says the new head coach will “play a central role in selecting teams for their respective formats, along with the national selection team”.

In 2021, with Ed Smith leaving the ECB, then-coach Silverwood was in charge of leading the selection of players, the role of national selectors was previously eliminated.

The deadline for applications for the head coach position is May 6, and the first stage of interviews will begin next week.

Kirsten, Ford express interest; Pontin, Lange out of frame

Gary Kirsten - who has coached South Africa and India at the top of the ICC Test rankings - is a serious contender for the red ball role

Gary Kirsten – who has coached South Africa and India at the top of the ICC Test rankings – is a serious contender for the red ball role

sky sports news It is understood that Key, who was confirmed as Gilles’ successor as England general manager on Easter Sunday, has yet to make any formal contact with the coach, but contenders are emerging.

Former India and South Africa manager Gary Kirsten – who was interviewed for England in 2019 before Silverwood’s appointment – as well as former Surrey, Sri Lanka and Ireland-based Kee at Kent Coach Graham Ford — both expressed their interest.

Kirsten recently said he would be keen to coach England in Test cricket only.

Former Australian batsman Simon Katic is also in contention.

The 46-year-old lives in England and has extensive knowledge of county cricket after playing for Lancashire, Yorkshire, Hampshire, Durham and Derbyshire.

Like Kirsten, Katich is the current coach of The Hundred – he coaches Manchester Originals, while Kirsten coaches at Welsh Fire – and has coaching experience in the Indian Premier League.

Justin Langer recently coached Australia to Ashes and T20 World Cup glory - but is not seen as a contender for either job in England

Justin Langer recently coached Australia to Ashes and T20 World Cup glory – but is not seen as a contender for either job in England

sky sports news Learn that Australian duo Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer are not within the framework of either of the head coaching positions advertised.

Langer coached Australia to T20 World Cup and Ashes glory in the winter, but left his role earlier this year after rejecting a short-term extension following reports that some players were unhappy with the way he was coaching.

Meanwhile, Ben Stokes is expected to replace Joe Root as Test captain, but that may require the blessing of England’s new Red Ball manager.

England start their summer Test match against New Zealand at Rhodes Stadium on June 2, and the white-ball team returns in the ODI series in the Netherlands from June 17.

Durham cricket director Marcus North backs Ben Stokes as England Test captain

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Durham cricket director Marcus North backs Ben Stokes as England Test captain

Durham cricket director Marcus North backs Ben Stokes as England Test captain

What the ECB is looking for from its news coach

The job advertisement reads: “These roles are responsible for developing world-class England red and white men’s teams and ensuring continued success at home and abroad.

“These roles will carry additional responsibilities to develop a playing style and culture that will inspire future generations of players and supporters.”

The ECB is looking for people who can “foster a high-performance culture that drives great performance off the pitch, ensuring England can consistently win in all formats, home and away” and build “effective working relationships” with all counties, Draw on the expertise and experience of coaches across the country. “

International coaching experience is considered “desirable”.