England face another fight to keep hold of Paul Farbrace after Bangladesh refused to give up on their concerted attempts to make him head coach.
Farbrace, a key figure with England as Trevor Bayliss’ assistant, has become one of the most sought-after coaches in the world game since leaving the Sri Lanka head coach’s job to work for England four years ago.
Now he is facing his most tempting offer yet to become a head coach again, with Bangladesh planning a third lucrative offer after refusing to take no for an answer.
England may struggle to hold on to Paul Farbrace after Bangladesh stepped up their pursuit
Farbrace, 50, has played a key role alongside Bayliss in England’s white-ball revolution after leading Sri Lanka to both the World Twenty20 and Asia Cup titles during his short stint at the helm in Colombo in 2014.
He has turned down offers from Surrey, Yorkshire, Worcestershire and Kent – as well as an attempt by Sri Lanka to lure him back for a third spell – to remain in a highly regarded partnership with Bayliss.
The Australian has confirmed he will leave England after the watershed summer of 2019 when they face another Ashes campaign and a home World Cup and has already said he believes Farbrace should succeed him.
Bayliss even said after the Twenty20 tri-series here that he would be prepared to give up the short-form game now to pave the way for Farbrace but that is not considered to be a viable option by England at this stage.
Farbrace (right) has played a key role in England’s white ball revolution with Trevor Bayliss
The question for Farbrace now is whether he stays for what could be a monumental home summer next year or accepts what is believed to be a very attractive contract to again run his own ship.
He is expected to ask Bangladesh if he can finally make his mind up after England’s Test series in New Zealand, and is likely to then travel to Dhaka for talks.
Jimmy Anderson, meanwhile, will carry on as England vice-captain while Ben Stokes has the cloud of a court case hanging over him.
Anderson, as revealed by Sportsmail last Saturday, will be Joe Root’s deputy for at least the two Tests against New Zealand in the next two weeks that complete this tour even though erstwhile No 2 Stokes has now returned.
England’s greatest ever bowler was made vice-captain for the Ashes while Stokes was suspended and England were left with a decision to make as soon as they decided to reinstate the all-rounder while awaiting his trial for affray.
England head coach Bayliss wants Farbrace to succeed him when he steps down in 2019
But Root and coach Bayliss have decided to stick with Anderson, at least for now, so there was no need for them to involve England team director Andrew Strauss in their discussions.
Anderson impressed Bayliss during the Ashes by getting more involved in team decisions than he has done as a senior player and the Australian had no hesitation in asking him to carry on.
There was also the feeling that it would not be a good look for England if Root had been injured during the Tests in Auckland and Christchurch and Stokes would have had to lead his country while facing criminal charges.
‘It doesn’t change my role in the team a huge amount,’ insisted Anderson. ‘I see myself as a senior player and I’m there for people if they need advice.
‘I’m delighted Joe has asked me to do it again for this series but being a vice-captain doesn’t make me behave any differently in the dressing room or on the field.’
Jimmy Anderson insists his role has not changed after keeping the vice-captaincy
A crown court hearing in Bristol on Monday heard Stokes plead not guilty to affray by video link from the team hotel here and his trial was set for August 6 and expected to last five to seven days which clashes with the biggest match of the summer, the Lord’s Test against India.
But Stokes still hopes to play in the first Test at Edgbaston that is due to finish in Birmingham the night before his trial begins.
It would remain sensible for England to avoid giving their star all-rounder any additional responsibility while knowing he will be otherwise engaged with the case later this summer, meaning Anderson will carry on as deputy for now.
‘It’s a big group effort when we go on the field so it’s important we get that right,’ added Anderson.
‘It’s trying to get people relaxed and ready to play Test cricket. It’s not just my job. It’s Joe’s, Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad have plenty of experience and the coaches have been round the block.
‘I honestly don’t know if I’ll do it any longer than these two matches. That’s up to Joe.’
Ben Stokes lost the role after he was suspended by England for the Ashes in Australia
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