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Player-coach roles mooted for England veterans Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad… with ECB looking to thin backroom staff
- Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad could be player coaches under new plans
- ECB considers cutting UK staff numbers
- It could be possible for the experienced players to add coaching to their role in England
- Meanwhile, Sam Curran hopes a strong showing in T20 can see his test return
Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad could end their test careers in player-coach roles under plans to thin out England’s backroom staff.
A local county match bowling coach is being sought to help prepare for England’s next series here in Pakistan – a pre-tour training camp will be held in Abu Dhabi in November. But Sportsmail understands that coach Brendon McCullum’s longer-term preference is to use the expertise of the team’s experienced seamen rather than permanently replacing the outgoing Jon Lewis.
McCullum is known to want a streamlining of the support staff within the testing environment, and with Lewis returning to work within the ECB trajectory system, this would mean a duo who shared 997 Test wickets when playing together for their to care for successors.
Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad now eligible for player-coach roles under new plans
Such a process could be tried out during New Zealand’s two-Test Tour in February, which falls outside the Future Tours program of international cricket.
With no World Test Championship points on the line, the selectors may be more inclined to rotate Anderson, 40, and Broad, 36, leaving whoever sits outside to oversee the net practice.
Both men were praised by McCullum and captain Ben Stokes for the way they passed on their knowledge in the dressing room and on his return to the fold last month, Ollie Robinson paid tribute to their tactical input. The end of the international home summer coincided with McCullum and his white ball counterpart Matthew Mott choosing those who work under them.
England head coach Brendon McCullum has praised Anderson and Broad for their contribution
Paul Collingwood, Marcus Trescothick and Jeetan Patel look set to continue as assistants to the test team, while Mott has recruited David Saker and Mike Hussey for the next two months of limited-excess cricket.
England’s general manager Rob Key is also looking for a new head of selection, with the closing date for applications for the position end of next week.
Key is with the Twenty20 squad but will return home to complete that appointment before the seven-game run moves to Lahore.
Sam Curran hopes a strong showing in Pakistan’s historic tour can seal his test return
Meanwhile, Sam Curran has acknowledged that a strong Twenty20 series against Pakistan could seal his return for December’s three tests.
The Surrey all-rounder made his last of his 24 appearances in the innings win over India at Headingley 13 months ago. However, after recovering from a stress fracture of the back that has limited his bowling ever since, the 24-year-old wants to represent England as much as possible.
“I want to play all formats if I can,” said Curran.
“I think if you do well in one format, you can hold onto that confidence in other formats. The most important thing this summer was to get my body through it when I did.
“When that tour comes, hopefully my body will be in a position where I can bowl enough.”