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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 April 2007, 22:05 GMT 23:05 UK
Fletcher's heir
By Martin Gough
BBC Sport in the Caribbean

England expect to name a caretaker replacement for coach Duncan Fletcher soon, with current England Academy boss Peter Moores likely to take the role.

But they will wait for an in-depth review of the Ashes and World Cup failures before making a full-time appointment.

And while Moores is well-qualified for the job, there are several other high-profile candidates in the frame.

THE CARETAKER

Peter Moores

Peter Moores
Having coached Sussex to their first ever County Championship title in 2003, former wicket-keeper Moores was appointed Rod Marsh's successor at the National Academy two years ago.

He has coached the England A team since 2001, when a successful tour of the Caribbean led to him being offered the top job with West Indies ahead of current boss Bennett King.

Moores, 44, lacks experience at the top level but has worked with many of the current England team, who have made their way through the ranks at Loughborough over the last few years.

THE MAIN CONTENDERS

Dav Whatmore

Dav Whatmore
The man who coached Sri Lanka to World Cup victory in 1996 is close to the end of his contract with Bangladesh, who he joined in 2003.

During that time he has revamped the Tigers team, bringing through a new generation of talent while clearly understanding the unique challenges posed by the country and culture.

Between two spells with Sri Lanka, he spent two-and-a-half seasons in county cricket with Lancashire, winning the NatWest Trophy, the Sunday League and coming second in the Championship.

606: DEBATE

Born in Sri Lanka but raised in Australia - for whom he played seven Tests - Whatmore, 53, has already been linked with the vacant India job but is thought to be interested by a move to England.

Tom Moody

Tom Moody
A World Cup winner with Australia in 1987 and 1999, Moody, 41, was tagged by some as Fletcher's heir while he was still coaching Worcestershire in 2005.

Instead he moved to Sri Lanka, where he has worked hard on the system, identifying talent and bringing it into the international arena.

That work has clearly paid off as Sri Lanka, ranked ninth in the world one-day rankings early in 2006, have already secured a World Cup semi-final place.

Moody, who played eight Tests and 76 one-day internationals for Australia, has strong links with the county game and his family still live in Worcestershire.

Many reports have suggested he will join state side Western Australia after this tournament but the money on offer from either England or India would be tempting.

THE OUTSIDE BET

John Bracewell

John Bracewell
Former New Zealand off-spinner Bracewell, 49, led Gloucestershire to six one-day trophies in five years between joining the county in 1997 and heading home in 2003.

He is another coach with a team in the World Cup semi-finals who is coming to the end of his contract and has not ruled out running for the England job.

However, some feel his ability at forming one-day sides is to the detriment of the Test team and there have been continual reports of strained relationships with senior players.

UNLIKELY CHOICES

Darren Lehmann

Darren Lehmann
Darren Gough this week nominated his former Yorkshire captain as a good man for the job, even though he has never even held a coaching position at first-class level.

In fact, at 37, the man who hit the winning runs in the 1999 World Cup is expected to still be playing Australian state cricket next winter.

John Wright

Former New Zealand opener Wright, 52, has not coached a leading side since stepping down as India boss two years ago and has given little indication of a return.

However, his links with England are strong after a lengthy county playing career and a spell coaching Kent.

Greg Chappell

The India coaching job, from which Chappell has just resigned after a torrid two years, is arguably the only cricketing post that brings more pressure than the England role.

The former Australia captain, 58, may want more time to recover before considering his coaching future.

Matthew Maynard

Fletcher's captain when Glamorgan won the County Championship in 1997, Maynard has occupied a low-key role since becoming England's assistant coach in 2005.

SEE ALSO
Fletcher's legacy
19 Apr 07 |  England
Fletcher's England career
19 Apr 07 |  Cricket
Fletcher to quit after World Cup
19 Apr 07 |  England
BBC World Cup coverage
21 Feb 07 |  Cricket


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