Andy Flower's successful reign as the head coach of the England cricket team came to an end last week, with the Zimbabwean standing down following the humiliation suffered down under.

England were condemned to an Ashes whitewash, despite entering into the series as favourites, but Flower can depart knowing the majority of his tenure saw great success.

The search now begins for his replacement with a team director wanted to manage England across all formats. But who will get the job? Paul Rutland takes a look at the leading candidates...

Ashley Giles

Giles currently manages the England One-Day squads and has done for 18 months and is now settled in his role within the International setup.

His experience in the Test arena as a player would leave him in good stead to take over from Andy Flower, but I'm not sure he's got the knowledge, nor the team-bonding abilities needed to bring England out of this slump.

(Verdict: Likely)

Click through the slides to see the other contenders...

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