Successor to Peter Moores?

London: Andy Flower has emerged as the favourite to replace Peter Moores who stepped down as England coach.

However, officially nothing has been announced but according to a report in a daily ‘the Telegraph’ this morning. It is learnt that Flower would be appointed as England’s interim coach for the tour of the West Indies and bookmakers William Hill expect the Zimbabwean to be handed the role on a full-time basis.

Possible probables

Andy Flower

South African replaced Matthew Maynard as assistant coach of England team in May 2007. Flower ended playing days at Essex to join up with Peter Moores and rest of squad. Bookies have installed him as favourite to replace Moores.

Ashley Giles

Probably the only English candidate. The job may have come too soon for Giles who only ended his playing days in 2007. Giles guided Warwickshire to promotion from the second division of the championship last summer and remains close to senior members of the England team.

Graham Ford

Ford was appointed South Africa coach in 1999 and won eight out of 11 series but was dismissed in 2002. Ford became director of cricket at Kent where he remains today. His reputation is such that he was offered chance to coach India this year but turned it down.

Tom Moody

Coached Worcestershire and would command respect in the England dressing room for his international playing career with Australia and time spent coaching Sri Lanka. Left his job with Sri Lanka after getting fed up with life in hotel rooms, so may be difficult to tempt back to high-profile role.

Shane Warne

Or what about Steve Waugh or Stephen Fleming? Big names but also big outsiders. None has international coaching experience and all would be expensive. They would, however, command instant respect in the England dressing room.

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