Gibson hasn’t ruled out becoming England’s next head coach

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Gibson expressed some interest in becoming England’s next head coach

West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson hasn’t ruled out becoming England’s new coach following the resignation of Andy Flower.

Gibson used to be England’s bowling coach before he agreed to become the West Indies’s head coach.

“My name is firmly in the hat for this job I’m doing,” he said when asked whether he was interested in replacing Flower as England’s next head coach.

It is also understood that Gibson has expressed interest in coaching Warwickshire and Glamorgan.

This could be a result of the fact that the West Indies have had a very up and down couple of months.

“When you’re not working then every job appeals to you,” Gibson said. “But at the moment I’m working and working hard so that is all I’m looking at right now.”

Gibson also admitted that the West Indies have struggled in ODIs “over the last six or 12 months” ahead of their series against England.

“Both sides haven’t set the world on fire recently in this format,” he said. “So, England will be thinking that it is a good time to play us. We’re at home so hopefully that will count for something but we’re two teams that maybe you could say are in transition.”

Gibson added that he was confident about opener Chris Gayle being fully fit for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next month, but he could not say the same for all-rounder Kieron Pollard and pace bowler Kemar Roach.

“From all reports I’ve heard Chris should be back,” Gibson said. “He had some time out with a hamstring injury and he had a good two months to get himself right. He did some work in Australia with a physio.

“He was back here and played in the first T20 and looked good, but then he had a reaction in his back. When you work so hard on one thing then something else can give way so he had a reaction in his back and his hip so we’ve given him some more time to get himself comfortable on the cricket field.

“Pollard had a knee injury and he hasn’t recovered from that. We’ve given him time but he just hasn’t recovered. Kemar Roach had a shoulder operation in December and he’s now on his way back, but neither of them will be ready for Bangladesh.”

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