Michael Vaughan has emerged as one of the favourites to succeed Paul Downton as England director of cricket.
The 2005 Ashes-winning captain would make the perfect candidate, having been such a crucial part of the England set-up so recently.
Downton, meanwhile, was criticised in some circles for his lack of proper experience at international level.
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So far, Vaughan has expressed an interest in the role, as has his predecessor as England captain, Alec Stewart.
Where will it leave Peter Moores?
However, Vaughan’s appointment could be dependent on head coach Peter Moores’ future. Moores’ position is under threat after England’s poor performances at the World Cup.
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Despite finding their form against minnows St. Kitts, it has been suggested in some quarters that Moores could be relieved of his duties regardless of how England fare in the upcoming series in the West Indies.
Vaughan and Moores have not always seen eye to eye in the past, but under another head coach, his appointment certainly has the potential to be a success. Indeed, even Moores has insisted that he and Vaughan could put aside their differences if need be.
England in need of an overhaul
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are opting for a new approach in recognition that the national side is in dire need of an overhaul.
Currently, Vaughan is better placed to that than Stewart, as the latter is under contract with Surrey and is busy preparing for the upcoming County Championship season.
Whoever takes up the role has a difficult task. Downton became mainly associated with his part in the decision to sack Kevin Pietersen, but his removal has not eradicated the question of a KP comeback.
In fact, that may well be the first issue the new director of cricket has to contend with.
Pietersen was among the first to give his backing to his former captain, Vaughan. That may suggest a conversation has already taken place behind the scenes, though such talk is merely speculative.
Vaughan has vast experience leading England, albeit in an entirely different capacity. Ultimately, though, it is his familiarity with the current crop of players that would hold him in good stead.
Over the last few years, England appear to have gone to great lengths to demonstrate the need for a harmonious camp, by harbouring precisely the opposite. It is vital they now install a popular figure to rectify that.
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