Donald puts his name forward for England role
Thursday 04 February 2010
Allan Donald put himself forward to become England's bowling coach yesterday, a move that would be welcomed by their leading seamer James Anderson.
Donald had a short spell as bowling consultant three years ago and was widely seen as a success by the players before he had to return to his homeland. "In 2007 I really enjoyed the four months I spent with the England cricket team, I learnt a lot," he said. "It is an environment I really enjoyed being in, working with elite cricketers.
"I'd be silly to not consider the position. I will obviously think it over but it is a great challenge for any coach. If I did make contact with the ECB at some stage I'm sure that I would be throwing my name in the hat, absolutely. In 2007 my little boy went through a very tough time and I had to abort that. It would have been very foolish of me to go touring around the world when he was struggling at school and having health problems.
"At the moment everything is fine and I think I am just about ready to get back into it full time," Donald said.
Anderson credited the South African with adding a cutting edge to his bowling. "He helped me a lot," he said after Donald's spell with the team. "More on the mental side. He told me I should be leading the attack and I needed to be more aggressive, both with my bowling and my body language."
Ottis Gibson left the England role vacant on Monday when he took up the head coach role with the West Indies. Donald has been unable to nail down a coaching job in his homeland although the imminent change of coaches for the South African national team could open up new opportunities.
Manchester United transfer news: Javier Hernandez close to exit as Atletico Madrid admit interested
Manchester United transfer news: Mats Hummels, Thomas Vermaelen and Daley Blind on radar as Louis van Gaal reveals he still wants to sign defender
Scottie dogs in Commonwealth Games opening ceremony 'disrespectful to Muslims', say Malaysian politicians
Divock Origi joins Liverpool before immediately being loaned back to Lille
Seydou Keita refuses Pepe handshake before throwing water bottle prior to Roma vs Real Madrid match
- 1 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 HSBC closes bank accounts belonging to Muslim clients in the UK
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us