Nasser Hussain leads the race to fill national role

Former captain in line for England team director's post after Strauss rules himself out

Nasser Hussain is understood to be the favourite to replace Hugh Morris as the England and Wales Cricket Board's new managing director of the national team following Andrew Strauss's decision to remove himself from the running.

Hussain, who captained England 45 times in Test matches from 1999 to 2003, has applied for the role and is at the top of the ECB's shortlist. The 45-year-old has been working in the media since his retirement from international cricket in 2004.

Hussain is widely credited with rebuilding the England team – in conjuction with coach Duncan Fletcher – during his time as captain. When he took the job in 1999 England were ranked as the worst Test-playing nation but became a force in international cricket again.

Nick Knight, the former England opener and another Sky commentator, has also applied for the role, as has Darren Gough, who took 229 Test wickets for England and is also working in the media.

Peter Moores, the former England coach who led Lancashire to the Second Division title in the County Championship this season, has also put his name in the hat. Moores' spell as England coach came to an inglorious end owing to his inability to work with then captain Kevin Pietersen.

Meanwhile, Pietersen's former colleague in the England side Paul Collingwood will join Scotland's coaching team this winter. The former England international led Durham to the County Championship title this season – their third triumph in six seasons.

Collingwood was also the captain for England's World Twenty20 success in 2010 and is the national side's most capped one-day international player with 197 appearances. His presence in the Scotland camp will be invaluable as they embark on two World Cup qualifying campaigns, for the T20 and ODI global tournaments respectively, between now and February 2014.

The head coach, Peter Steindl, said: "Leading into two vital qualifying events, I was very keen to change things a bit, add a couple of new voices to the coaching team and bring in coaches who had attained success at the very highest levels of the game.

"Paul has been part of successful teams as a player and a captain and it will be great to have his experience and knowledge on board. I am sure he will be a hugely positive influence on the squad as we head into some really important cricket."

Collingwood will work alongside Steindl and fielding coach/performance analyst Toby Bailey, and will play a full part in both the preparation and competition phases this winter.

"I am very excited at the prospect of working with the Scotland squad and look forward to helping the team qualify for both the T20 World Cup and the 2015 Cricket World Cup," he said.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
11 best bedside tables

11 best bedside tables

It could be the first thing you see in the morning, so make it work for you. We find night stands, tables and cabinets to wake up to
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?

Italy vs England player ratings

Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

An underdog's tale of making the most of it

Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat