London, May 6: Former New Zealand cricketer and current Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Brendon McCullum is emerging as the frontrunner for the England white-ball head coach job, while former South African starter Gary Kirsten is one of the favorites to take over. the responsibility of trial coach, as the country looks to split the role after Rob Key took over as general manager of the men’s team.
A report on mirror.co.uk said on Friday that McCullum and Kirsten are on Key’s wish list as he aims to transform teams, especially the test side, which has been in a downward spiral for the past two years and It has recently lost the Ashes and the series of visitors in the Caribbean.
If England ends up hiring separate coaches for the White and Test teams, it will become the only cricket-playing nation today to split the role.
“It is understood that the ECB’s new managing director of cricket, Rob Key, has approached a number of potential candidates over the last fortnight, with former South Africa and India coach Gary Kirsten speaking specifically about the test role,” said the report.
The 40-year-old McCullum is best remembered for his exploits on the white ball, especially in T20I, where he played 71 games for New Zealand, racking up more than 2,100 runs with a strike rate of over 136.
Key had recently said he had sought advice from England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan on coaches, following the Test team’s awful run of one win in 17 Test matches.
“I also spoke to Eoin about red ball cricket. Eoin is someone I would talk to about a lot of different things, and in terms of cue ball cricket he is up on all of that,” Key had said, adding: “He (Morgan) knows what he wants and he knows a lot of the coaches, so he’s one of the first ports of call for that.” Meanwhile, former Australian cricketer Simon Katich and England’s Paul Collingwood are also in the draw along with ex-players Nick Knight and Mark Alleyne.