Cricket News | Shane Warne says he would love to coach England


Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has said he would like to coach the England team, although he admits the ECB should ‘jump at’ the chance to sign former Australia manager Justin Langer.

Head coach Chris Silverwood resigned after the side’s punch from the ashes, where the side were just one wicket away from suffering a 5-0 shutout at the hands of Australia.

Langer was also sacked by Cricket Australia after the series, after a player-led revolt against his coaching style. Warne previously said CA’s handling of the case was “a disgrace.”

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Speaking on the Sky Sports Cricket podcast, Warne was heaping praise on Langer when he was interrupted by former England captain Nasser Hussain, who asked if he would be a good coach.

“Yeah, I think I’d do a good job,” Warne replied.

“I think there are a lot of things to work on, but I wouldn’t be called the coach. I think I would be called the team manager.”

It’s a reference to Warne’s long-held belief that international players don’t need a coach to perfect their technique, but rather someone to work on the mental and tactical side of the game.

Pressed on whether he would take the England job, Warne said he would be keen to raise his hand.

“I would love to do that,” he added.

“There are so many good players in England, you have a lot of depth, you just have to master some of the basics. Your catch, you can’t play without balls and make that many catches. You have the players, they’re not everything simply not performing, and the question is why?

“I watch domestic cricket in England, I’ve seen a lot of English cricketers develop, you have a lot of depth, but England just don’t perform in the Test arena.”

Warne fell out with then Australian manager John Buchanan during the second half of his career, with the two clashing frequently.

In 2001, Buchanan publicly questioned Warne’s fitness after India’s famous Test victory in Kolkata.

Two decades later, Warne thinks it’s important for the coach to be up front.

“I think it’s honesty,” he said when asked about his coaching philosophy.

“You have to be honest with the players. It’s like when you leave a player out, you don’t say (it’s up to) the balance of the team or we just go with this team for these conditions. You say why you left out, there’s a reason you got left out.

“Not every player may like what they hear, but they will respect you for being honest with them.

“You say, listen, we’re not happy with your fitness, your spells at the end of the day, your ability to be consistent, thrifty, whatever.”

Warne is the head coach of London Spirit in the Hundred, although the team won just one game last season and finished bottom of the table. Warne admitted the team were “poor” and “terrible”.

But he said he relished the opportunity to put his feet in the water as a coach.

“It’s really important as a coach to create an environment where everyone can talk, and you don’t take it to heart,” he said.

“People should be able to talk. But ultimately it depends on the style of play you want as a captain and as a coach.

“You can’t be afraid to kick them in the back, you have to let them know it’s not okay.

“Honesty is the most important thing.”

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