‘Unless English coaches get the opportunity, how can they get the experience?’ Andrew Strauss frustrated that ZERO domestic coaches are set to feature in Hundred
- Seven of eight men’s franchises for Hundred have confirmed foreign coaches
- Oval team yet to confirm coach but it is thought they will not be English
- Hundred is a brand new 100-ball competition set to start next year
- Andrew Strauss claims English coaches are vital to the senior team in the future
Andrew Strauss believes English cricket has missed a gilt-edged chance to bring on a new generation of home-grown coaches by looking overseas for next year’s new 100-ball competition.
Seven of the eight men’s franchises have all but confirmed the identity of their head coach for the Hundred, and not an Englishman is among them. Meanwhile, the two women’s teams to declare their hand have opted for Australians.
Andrew Strauss is frustrated over the snub of English coaches in the Hundred competition which is due to start in 2020
‘I think the Hundred was a great opportunity for some English coaches to be appointed,’ said Strauss, who appointed Bayliss in 2015 during his time as the ECB’s director of cricket. ‘Some of those teams will have their reasons for appointing an experienced coach who has coaching in T20 cricket elsewhere in the world. You can completely understand that.
‘But there is a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation – unless English coaches get the opportunity, how can they get the experience? We’ve always got to look for opportunities for our English coaches to get more experience than just doing county coaching gigs. They need to do more than that if they’re going to be viable candidates for England jobs going forward.’
Four Australians (Shane Warne, Simon Katich, Darren Lehmann and Andrew McDonald), a Sri Lankan (Mahela Jayawardene), a South African (Gary Kirsten) and a New Zealander (Stephen Fleming) have been lined up to coach a franchise.
Shane Warne will coach the Lord’s Hundred team as one of Australians confirmed
The team based at The Oval are yet to officially name their coach, but there was speculation that the job would go to Australian Tom Moody.
Meanwhile, Australian Matthew Mott will coach the women’s team based in Cardiff, and compatriot Lisa Keightley will work at Lord’s.
‘Some of the really good young English coaches are currently involved in the England team,’ said Strauss. ‘Paul Collingwood is a great example, and Chris Silverwood, while Marcus Trescothick is doing some work with the team as well. They might have had some appeal to the Hundred teams.’
Strauss, who captained England in 50 of his 100 Tests, also believes that whoever replaces Bayliss will not be able to shoulder the coaching burden alone, and appeared to advocate the split coaching set-up last used by England in early 2014, when Andy Flower was in charge of the Test team and Ashley Giles – who succeeded Strauss last year – in charge of the white-ball sides.
‘I don’t think it’s sustainable for the same coaching team to do everything,’ said Strauss. ‘Whether it’s a coach or assistant coaches, you need people to be able to come and go, because it’s just too much. You cannot prepare and play at the same time. If you’re playing one series, you need someone who’s preparing for the next series which is coming along in a couple of weeks.’
Spectators will be encouraged to wear red, while the players will hand over red caps – the Australians to Strauss himself, and the England team to his sons, Sam and Luca. Eoin Morgan has donated the shirt he wore when England won the World Cup last month. It has been signed by the whole team and can be bid for at ruthstraussfoundation.com.
‘It’s going to be an emotional day for me and the kids,’ said Strauss. ‘It’s great to be here get a feeling of how much support there is for the foundation and people who want to pay testament to Ruth.’
Stuart Broad, Joe Root and Ben Stokes of England wear red caps in support of the Ruth Strauss Foundation at Lord’s Cricket Ground on the eve of the second test
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