England Test Captain: Star England all-rounder Ben Stokes will be announced as England’s Test team captain this week. Gary Kirsten confirmed to Key that he is available and interested in the post, bringing the appointment of a new Test coach one step closer.
It’s a move that’s been expected since Root announced his retirement on April 15, allowing his great friend and vice-captain to take over without feeling betrayed.
Key will now focus on appointing both a Test and white-ball coach, roles that were formally advertised on Tuesday. He will face the media for the first time in his new role at Lord’s on Thursday. Ottis Gibson, Simon Katich, and Kirsten Dunst have all expressed interest in one of the parts.
Kirsten is presently playing for the Gujarat Titans in the IPL, however, he is expected to leave the team after this year’s season.
On Tuesday, Rob Key traveled to the northeast to meet with Stokes, whose appointment as Joe Root’s replacement might be revealed as soon as Thursday.
While there has been “a lot of conjecture” that Stokes will be given the task of leading the Test, the decision will be made by England’s new managing director, Rob Key.
“All I can say is that captaining England is a big honor, and whoever does it will get to appreciate the responsibility of leading the team forward. As the new managing director of men’s cricket, Rob Key will make the decision, and I’m sure we’ll chat soon enough, as he will with other players and support personnel,” Stokes said.
The ECB was “promoting online for separate red and white-ball head coaches,” according to the report. Both coaches will report directly to Key and will be “led by strategists who have clear and ambitious objectives for how they will develop and generate success for English cricket in the future.”