England Cricket to have two separate Coaches

England Cricket to have two separate Coaches

England Cricket is set to return to a split-coaching structure after ECB's Rob Key, the new Managing Director, made his first major decision by ads for two new head coaches. The split in roles is expected, as Key had previously called for while working as a pundit.

As per the ads, both coaches will report directly to Rob Key and be "skilled strategists with clear and aspiring plans for how they will develop and build success for England cricket moving forward," according to the advertisements.

The final deadline for applications for the head coach roles is May 6.

Key, the former Test batter appointed England's new managing director earlier this month, will begin the first-round interviews on May 9 and 10.

England previously had two different head coaches between 2012 and 2014, with Ashley Giles (T20s and ODIs) and Andy Flower (Tests).

Chris Silverwood, who was removed after the Ashes defeat in Australia, had missed multiple limited-overs series due to a packed schedule.

Simon Katich, Graham Ford, and Gary Kirsten are potential candidates.

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All-rounder Ben Stokes is the favorite to be named the Test captain after Joe Root resigned from captain following the series loss in the West Indies.

Stokes could likely be confirmed this week by Key.

Rob Key will be formally unveiled to the media at Lord's on Thursday.

England's next Test series against New Zealand on June 2 while they take on the Netherlands in a white-ball series.

Paul Collingwood was in charge of both the T20I and Test tours to the Caribbean earlier this year on an interim basis. Still, both series ended in defeat, and his closeness to the players as an assistant coach may count against him following England's poor run of results.

ESPNcricinfo revealed on Saturday that 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, while Gary Kirsten, Paul Collingwood, Simon Katich, and Tom Moody have also been mentioned as potential applicants.

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