Pros and cons: four in the frame to coach England

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Ian Botham

Age: 40

Playing career: England, Somerset, Worcestershire, Queensland, Durham. 102 Tests (12 as captain); 5,200 runs at 33.54; 383 wickets at 28.40.

For: Powers of inspiration and motivation. Charisma.

Against: Two-thirds of above are unproven - the England side he captained was not famous for team spirit. Inexperienced in management.

John Emburey

Age: 43

Current position: Northamptonshire player-coach.

Playing career: England, Middlesex. 64 Tests. 1,723 runs at 22.67; 147 wickets at 38.44.

For: Huge knowledge; forward thinking; respect from current players.

Against: Lack of meaningful management or coaching experience - just one England A tour.

David Lloyd

Age: 49

Current position: Lancs coach, England U-19 coach.

Playing career: England, Lancashire. Nine Tests; 552 runs at 42.46.

For: Enthusiasm, motivation.

Against: Will what works with the Under-19s translate into the full international arena? Why do his Lancashire side still under-achieve in the Championship?

Phil Neale

Age: 41

Current position: Warwickshire director of coaching.

Playing career: Worcestershire; no Tests.

For: Excellent management skills and track record, both as captain and manager-coach; knowledge; forward thinking.

Against: Lack of international experience.