John Barclay will manage England's winter tour of Zimbabwe and New Zealand with David Lloyd as coach and John Emburey, as forecast, as England's new bowling coach, his official title being assistant coach.
Lloyd's position, with a two-year contract on offer, is firm. Barclay and Emburey, both of whom have successful A Tours on their CV, are on trial, awaiting the new management structure to be erected under the eventual direction of the new English Board. The combination looks good: Barclay, an old Etonian, is a diplomat, Lloyd a motivator and Emburey one of the most respected old pros in the business.
They will be no more on trial than several players. The touring party will be named on 10 September and after yesterday's play, which has put this series against Pakistan almost beyond reach - England still need 144 to avoid a follow-on - a defeat would bring further calls for new blood, to which the selectors should retort: "From a stone?"
The A team is expected to be a young side for a seven-week tour of Australia that contains no representative matches. Zimbabwe could see two or three players only just into first-class cricket who are regarded as the pick of the next generation. As for the A tour manager, Mike Gatting's name has been mentioned.
If England spent much of the day under as deep a cloud as Leeds did, they were able to send home a well-behaved 15,750 crowd in some hope of a brighter today. The most bizarre episode in a dismal afternoon came after tea when the umpires walked out in such gloom they were holding their light meters. Pakistan's eight and nine, Moin Khan and Mushtaq Ahmed, waved away the offer of the light, tactically correct with a score of 423 for 7, but also signifying some contempt for England's bowling.
Dominic Cork, who finished with five wickets, was honest: "The pitch is good but if you put the ball in the right place it will seam. We bowled too short on Thursday but we stuck at it and showed we're not frightened. We've got to think beyond a draw. This isn't as hard a surface as Lord's and I'm not expecting a big reverse swing."
Moin Khan, who became Pakistan's highest scoring wicketkeeper against England, said: "The pitch was seaming up to lunch but now seems to have settled down, and batting became much easier."Reuse content