Giles favourite for England job despite World T20 exit
As England exit the World Twenty20 at the first hurdle, following losses to New Zealand, South Africa and the Netherlands, attention now returns to who will be the nation’s next coach in all forms of the game?
Despite the disappointing showing in Bangladesh under Ashley Giles, the former slow left arm bowler remains favourite for the job at 11/10.
Current ODI and Twenty20 international coach Giles has now taken charge in 47 England matches in the short form of cricket, but has a poor win percentage record of 19 victories and 26 losses – with two no results.
‘King of Spain’ Giles impressed during his spell in charge of Warwickshire, leading them to the Division One County Championship in 2012. He was then appointed limited over head coach shortly afterwards.
However, many previous contenders for the position reportedly have no interest, including the likes of former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten (5/1), ex-New Zealand captain Steven Fleming (14/1), Sri Lanka boss Paul Farbrace, Australian Tom Moody (12/1) and Yorkshire’s Jason Gillespie (50/1).
Current Lancashire coach Peter Moores, who was in charge of England between 2007 and 2009, is joint second-favourite 4/1 to be reinstated. He managed to get his county promoted last season to Division One and is said to interested in giving the job another shot, following Kevin Pietersen’s sacking from the national set-up.
Nick Newell (also 4/1), director of cricket at Nottinghamshire, is also well in the frame. The 49-year-old helped his team to County Championship titles in 2005 and 2010 and is a man with a wealth of experience of the English game.
Coral offer odds for a list of former England Test captains to get the job, with the likes of Andrew Strauss (12/1), Michael Vaughan (14/1), Nasser Hussain (14/1), Ian Botham (25/1), Graham Gooch (50/1) Michael Atherton (100/1) and Andrew Flintoff (100/1) being outside chances.
Elsewhere, Tim Sherwood (manager of Premier League football side Tottenham) may well be looking for a job soon, being odds-on at 4/6 to be next boss to leave his post. You can back him at 500/1 to be next England cricket coach, by switching wardrobe codes from gilet to sleeveless jumper.