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Lehmann 'will not coach England'

Darren Lehmann
Lehmann was endorsed by former team-mate Shane Warne

Former Australia batsman Darren Lehmann has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant position of England cricket coach.

The 38-year-old stated his intention to continue in his role as coach of Deccan Chargers, having been drafted in by the IPL side last September.

"The time is not right for me to coach England," said Lehmann.

Peter Moores lost his job as coach last Wednesday over a rift with captain Kevin Pietersen, who resigned.

Former Yorkshire captain Lehmann began coaching Australia's academy side last year and is tipped as a future coach of the senior team.

It is certainly something I would like to explore if offered

Graham Ford

He was quoted as being interested in the position and was backed by Australia spin bowling legend Shane Warne.

"I am flattered Shane has mentioned my name but my sole focus right now is with Deccan Chargers," added Lehmann.

Meanwhile, Kent coach Graham Ford has thrown his hat into the ring

"Anybody would be interested in being coach of England but I'd need to find out more," said the former South Africa coach.

Ford, 48, joined Kent in 2004 and has one year to run on his contract.

He has previously admitted to holding talks with New Zealand but nothing came of it, while he turned down a similar job with India last year to stay with Kent.

Between 1999 and 2001 Ford coached South Africa, winning eight of 11 series but was dismissed after being beaten home and away by Australia.

"I'm not the kind of person to make a decision overnight and being involved in the West Indies would certainly be a rush job," said Ford, referring to England's forthcoming tour of the Caribbean.

And he added on BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "It is something you have to spend some time considering.


"It is certainly something I would like to explore if offered. I would explore the situation and would like to understand some of the dynamics of the set-up and then make a decision."

The ECB is hopeful of appointing a permanent coach by the start of the English summer.

But for now the current coaching set-up will assist the squad for a tour which takes in four Tests, five one-day internationals and a 20-over showdown.

Zimbabwean Andy Flower, the batting coach under Moores, could enhance his chances of securing the job if England do well.

Australians Tom Moody and Dav Whatmore, who have both coached Sri Lanka, and former India coach Greg Chappell have also been linked with the post, while Warwickshire director of cricket and national selector Ashley Giles could also be a contender.

Ford pointed to his international experience as well as his knowledge of English county cricket as reasons why he could succeed Moores.

"I wouldn't mind being back on the big stage and I've been a part of the English system for a while. I've worked with a couple of the England players," he added.

Kevin and I have had a really good relationship for a long, long time

Ford on Kevin Pietersen

"Were I to be considered the ECB would have to do their homework and make sure the players are behind me.

"I have admired English cricket from my young days when South Africa was isolated from international sport. England was a team that I watched and supported.

"To do well at international level you need to have been coaching for a long stint and I think I've got that experience.

"I have a fantastic relationship with Kent, they've been absolutely brilliant and I've enjoyed my time immensely with them. They've been really supportive.

"I don't think they'd stand in my way if I wanted the England job."

And Ford believes that if appointed, working with Pietersen would not be a problem.

"I would need to have a better understanding of the dynamics that are going on within the camp," Ford said on Sportsweek.

"Kevin and I have had a really good relationship for a long, long time. I would like to think there is sufficient respect for him to work with me."

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