England should choose Paul Collingwood as their new white-ball coach over an Australian this week due to a desire to hire a home-grown candidate and a high worldwide status in limited-overs cricket.
As England managing director Rob Key ratifies the split coaching set-up ahead of the international summer, Collingwood has faced opposition from Australian women’s coach Matthew Mott and another Aussie, Simon Katich.
The 45-year-old was already in command of both the Twenty20 and Test tours of the Caribbean during this year, and establishing the role official, four years after joining the set-up as a coach, would ensure consistency.
After blooding new talent over the previous year, the white-ball sides have remained to be effective and sit second in both one-day and T20 rankings, in comparison to the Test team’s streak of one win in 17 matches that prompted Brendon McCullum’s bold and unconventional appointment as head coach.
England’s new white-ball coach is anticipated to be Paul Collingwood:
Key, who led the interview process in London this week alongside strategic consultant Andrew Strauss and ECB chief executive Tom Harrison, made it clear at his introduction last month that English coaches needed to see a path from the county system to the top.
Although Mott — who led Glamorgan to the Yorkshire Bank40 final in 2013 before directing a record 26 straight ODI victories for the Australian women — has good credentials, Collingwood’s upgrading would provide that.
Paul Collingwood has been a part of England’s setup for a number of years, and earlier this year served as interim head coach of the Test and T20 sides in the Caribbean. The players like him, and there’s a desire to give an English coach an opportunity, especially in a white-ball environment where Eoin Morgan wields a lot of power.
With England’s next limited-overs engagement not until mid-June, when a three-match ODI series against the Netherlands is sandwiched between the Second (Trent Bridge) and Third (Headingley) Tests in the New Zealand series, there is less of a rush to name a white-ball coach.