By Lawrence Booth for MailOnline
Published: 16:00 BST, 14 August 2019 | Updated: 16:00 BST, 14 August 2019
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.
And with England looking to name a new coach once Trevor Bayliss steps down after more than four years in the job after the Ashes, the issue feels more pointed than ever.
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)