Eoin Morgan and Steven Finn have both revealed that they would consider coaching at the end of their playing careers.
The England duo, speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport ahead of the tour of Sri Lanka, were responding to questions from fans in a Facebook Q&A when they made the refreshing claim.
Give something back
Both players felt they should give something back to help develop players, with batsman Morgan feeling either a mentoring or youth development role could suit him well when he hangs up the bat.
“I think I’d like to take some sort of coaching role on. Whether it’s like a mentoring role, or a batting coaching role, I’d like to stay in the game and I’d like to be in a position to do that when I finish playing,” he responded to Finn, who posed the question.
“Again, it’s always nice to give back all the time, and if I could do it on a voluntary basis with maybe young Middlesex players coming through from the academy or maybe the second team, I think it would be brilliant.
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"You get so much reward from coaching, watching young guys coming through. You only get a feeling for it when you go and do sessions at your local club or school. People absolutely love it.”
Morgan then turned the tables on his Middlesex teammate as the interviewer became the interviewee, but Finn also had clear ideas of what he’d like to at the end of his career, recalling the help he received as a young player and the desire to give something back.
Stay in the game
“Yeah I definitely want to stay in the game. At what level, I’m not sure, but I’d definitely like to do some degree of coaching or giving back to people or clubs that have helped me over the years," he said.
"You rely a lot on people when you’re younger especially to show you the way."
"The people who’ve played more cricket, you obviously learn more from and the people I grew up and learnt from who had played cricket helped me immensely. To give something back similar to that would be amazing.”
Morgan and Finn wouldn’t be the first England players to turn their hands to coaching post-playing career of course, with the likes of Ashley Giles and Graeme Gooch holding positions at either county or international level since calling time on their original professions.
Others have also made the smooth transition into media, with Michael Atherton, Ian Botham and Andrew Strauss three high-profile former captains now making a name for themselves either on television, radio or in print.