Richard Halsall, the England assistant coach, has admitted that witnessing the effects of working at the very top meant there was no disappointment when Ashley Giles leapfrogged him to the job of limited-overs coach. The 44-year-old was adamant when asked if he fancied the job of England team director Andy Flower. "No. I've seen what it did to Andy," Halsall said today.
But it is not the intense periods of travel and time away from the family that put off the Zimbabwean. "The schedule is heavy but it is what it is. If there is a tiring element associated with being with the side it is the decision-making, so that comes above where I live," Halsall said. "It isn't the physical element or the being away that tires you, it is having to make those big decisions."
Halsall's rise from managing the England Under-15s, then from Sussex to England's first full-time fielding coach in 2007, before becoming assistant coach in 2011, suggests he doesn't lack ambition. "I have got a lot to learn," he said. "I think I am very good at what I do. Maybe in the future."