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Gary Kirsten will step down as Gujarat Titans coach after the 2022 IPL season

Several people had shown interest in the position of England men’s cricket team head coach. Shane Warne, the late spin great, was also among them. Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood is currently working as a temporary coach, however, he will not be selected as a full-time coach.

According to recent reports, India’s 2011 World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten and ace all-rounder Ben Stokes have been selected head coach and Test captain, respectively. Stokes will take over for Joe Root, who decided to step down after receiving harsh criticism for the team’s poor red-ball performances since February of last year.

According to reports, Gary Kirsten will only take over as England’s coach once the current IPL 2022 season concludes. The former South African opener is currently linked with the new team Gujarat Titans as their batting coach and mentor, and it is reported that he is willing to leave after the IPL 2022.

However, with the IPL final slated for May 29 with GT in a solid position to make the playoffs, the cricketer-turned-coach may miss the first Test match between England and New Zealand, which begins on June 2 at the legendary Lord’s Cricket Ground.

England’s coach, Chris Silverwood, was fired as a result of the team’s poor performance in the previous year, which saw them suffer crushing defeats both at home and away. Following their 2-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka in early 2021, the Three Lions slipped downhill, losing the following away Test series to India 3-1 despite taking first blood.

Aside from that, England also lost to New Zealand at home before an 0-4 thrashing at the hands of archrivals Australia in December-January, followed by a 0-1 loss to the West Indies in a three-match series. The Three Lions hosted India in a five-match series last summer, trailing 1-2, with the last Test slated for July of this year.