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England’s new bowling coach may not be in until after the Ashes

September 10th, 2017 | by admin
England’s new bowling coach may not be in until after the Ashes
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England are to use the limited-overs matches against West Indies to trial a few options as their new bowling coach.

With Ottis Gibson having left his role as England bowling coach at the end of the Test series against West Indies, to take up his new role as head coach of South Africa, the ECB has advertised the position. Applications will remain open until the end of September and it may be that England do not appoint a permanent replacement until after the Test tours of Australia and New Zealand are completed.

That means they could use an interim appointment – perhaps a specialist with experience of Australian conditions – during the Ashes series. “We are going to get some of the English guys who have expressed some interest in the job involved over the ODI series,” Trevor Bayliss, the England head coach, said. “That way we can see them and they can get a feel for it.

“The position is very much open. No one has nailed it down and we have got a bit of time. There’s no point rushing.”

Among those who could be involved during the limited-overs games are Chris Silverwood, who is on the brink of leading Essex to the County Championship title as head coach, and Glen Chapple, whose Lancashire side could well finish second in Division One. The options have not yet been finalised.

Bayliss also revealed that, rather than looking to appoint a permanent replacement for Gibson before England leave for Australia at the end of October, they may make an interim appointment.

“In the past, we’ve had consultants come in,” Bayliss said. “We have had Mahela Jayawardene and people like that, so the thought is that we might try and organise something along those lines just for the winter. We quite possibly won’t have a full-time replacement until next summer.”

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