Gary Kirsten has expressed interest in taking over as England’s Test coach
After winning the first three matches of the current series, Australia retained the Ashes, with England captain Joe Root jeopardizing England head coach Chris Silverwood’s job. In just two and a half days, Australia had won the third Test in Melbourne. Gary Kirsten, a former India and South Africa coach, has expressed interest in coaching England’s Test team. Gary stated that he has a solid plan in place to help the England team improve.
Gary Kirsten, who led India to the 2011 World Cup victory, led India to the top of the Test rankings for the first time in December 2009, just a year after taking over as the Indian team’s head coach. He went on to do the same with South Africa. ‘I have been thinking about this (becoming England head coach) since the beginning because it is a huge honor,’ Kirsten said in a media interview.
This isn’t the first time the former South African batsman has expressed such a desire; on two occasions, he was one of the leading candidates to coach England. ‘I’ve been in the race for this position twice (in 2015 and 2019),’ he said. I’ve made it clear from the start that I’m not committed to taking on this role in all formats. It can be considered now that international cricket boards are considering having separate coaches for different formats.
England’s 50-over team, according to 2011 World Cup winner Gary, is the best in the world, but the Test team is still a long way behind. ‘Working with their Test or ODI team would be fantastic,’ Kirsten said. His One-Day International team is currently the best in the world. I’ve devised a strategy that has been carefully considered. Your Test team has been struggling for a while, but a great plan to emerge from it would be fantastic.
Following England’s third consecutive Ashes series defeat, many former players have called for a change in coach and captain. Mike Atherton has advised Chris Silverwood and Joe Root to take responsibility and step down after the Ashes.