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England coaching role tempts Australian Geoff Lawson

By Oliver Brett

Geoff Lawson
Lawson was Pakistan's national team coach for 15 months until October 2008

Former Australia fast bowler Geoff Lawson has told BBC Sport he is interested in applying for the vacant job of England bowling coach.

Lawson, 52, who played 46 Tests and has coached Pakistan, said: "In the modern world a coach goes to where the job is.

"You don't really mind which country you are dealing with as long as they have good players and a good system.

"The Ashes is only 10 months away and it would certainly be interesting to be involved in the other dressing room."

The England bowling coach role has become available after Ottis Gibson left to coach his native West Indies. Former South Africa paceman Allan Donald is also keen to find out more about the job, as is the Australian Jason Gillespie, who played in 18 Ashes Tests.

Lawson is among the others names linked with a role likely to be filled, initially perhaps in a consultancy capacity, by the time England travel to the Caribbean in late April for the ICC World Twenty20.

At the very latest, somebody will be hired by the start of the English summer.

Michael Kasprowicz, another former Australian international - though at 37 considerably younger than Lawson - is also potentially in the frame, while Shaun Pollock would potentially be a huge catch but the South African has a number of media interests.

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Homegrown candidates are thinner on the ground, with former England seamers Darren Gough, Phil DeFreitas and Steve Watkin among the possibles, along with the highly regarded one-time Essex player Ian Pont.

Lawson spent 10 months as Pakistan coach in 2008 with mixed success, before he was sacked with a year remaining on his contract after a public fall-out with the board.

He also coached New South Wales for a spell in the 1990s and combines short-term consultancy-based coaching with media commitments across radio, TV and newspapers. He took 97 wickets in 21 Ashes Tests in the 1980s, starting with the epic 1981 series in England when he took 7-81 in an innings at Lord's.

Lawson, also a trained optometrist, said: "I've been involved with the game for a long time and have a lot to offer. Without a doubt I am interested.

"I will need to look at the England and Wales Cricket Board's conditions and then we'll see what happens. The feelers are already out there in some shape or form.

"I really need to see what it is the ECB want, bearing in mind that [national team coach] Andy Flower could have a specific person in mind. I don't actually know if the ECB are advertising for the job, or how they're going about it really.

"It may be that with the Ashes coming up they need to employ a coach just for that series."

Asked to reflect on his time at Pakistan, which included taking them to the final of the inaugural ICC World Twenty20, he said: "I enjoyed it immensely and had a very good time."

Lawson's next coaching assignment will be with a number of English counties at pre-season training in India later in February and into March.

"That might be a little snapshot of how the set-up works over there," he said.



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see also
Pakistan coach Lawson dismissed
24 Oct 08 |  Pakistan
Donald interested in England role
03 Feb 10 |  England
Gibson named as new Windies coach
02 Feb 10 |  England
Full Ashes tour schedule revealed
04 Feb 10 |  England


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