Cricket Sportsbooks View Justin Langer as Shock Favorite to Become Next England Coach

| February 8, 2022 2:28 am PDT

Justin Langer is the bookmakers’ favorite to become the next permanent England cricket coach.

In the wake of England’s humiliating 4-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia, Chris Silverwood was fired last Thursday. He took the role in October 2019 but ultimately failed to improve England’s Test status.

Paul Collingwood will lead the team on an interim basis for March’s Test series against the West Indies. However, a new permanent head coach will not be appointed until after the tour of the Caribbean.

Here are the latest odds for the next England cricket coach, courtesy of the top cricket betting sites.

Next England Cricket Coach Odds

Justin Langer1.83
Gary Kirsten2.35
Alec Stewart4.00
Paul Collingwood4.50
Ricky Ponting6.00
Anthony McGrath9.00
Glen Chapple11.00
Mahela Jayawardene13.00

Fresh from leaving his role as Australia head coach, Langer (1.83) is the frontrunner to succeed Silverwood. Cricket Australia offered Langer a short-term contract extension after the Ashes, but the 51-year-old rejected the offer.

The bookies also view Gary Kirsten (2.35) as a serious candidate for the job. The experienced coach won the 2011 World Cup while in charge of India before taking South Africa to the top of the Test rankings.

Alec Stewart (4.00) is another genuine contender. If the ECB wants to appoint a homegrown coach, then the former England captain would surely be at the top of the list.

Having just been selected as interim head coach, Paul Collingwood (4.50) must be viewed as a realistic option for the full-time role. That said, Collingwood has never been a head coach before. The 45-year-old is currently England’s fielding coach.

Ricky Ponting (6.00), Anthony McGrath (9.00), Glen Chapple (11.00), and Mahela Jayawardene (13.00) are in the mix, too. All of those names should be considered if you’re betting on the next England cricket coach.

Is Langer the Right Man for the Job?

Langer’s coaching record speaks for itself. The former batter became Australia head coach in 2018 – after the infamous ball-tampering scandal – and went on to enjoy huge success in the role.

The 51-year-old guided the Aussies to T20 World Cup glory in November 2021 before overseeing a dominant 4-0 victory in the recent Ashes series. But Cricket Australia clearly didn’t see a long-term future for him.

Earlier this month, Langer resigned from his post after rejecting a contract extension from CA. Despite his recent achievements, he was only offered a six-month extension.

Although Langer has a reputation as a strict, no-nonsense coach, there is no doubting his ability. With the England Test team at its lowest point for many years, Langer’s tough approach could stun the players into life.

Could Kirsten Transform England?

Kirsten applied for the England job in 2015 and 2019 but was unsuccessful on both occasions. Is it time for the ECB to give him a chance?

The South African is vastly experienced when it comes to coaching at international level. He won the World Cup with India before enjoying success with the Proteas – and he also coached in both the Big Bash and IPL.

The ECB may view Kirsten as something of a gamble, considering the 54-year-old last coached an international side back in 2013. But he certainly has the credentials.

Will Collingwood Become the Permanent Coach?

As we know, England has appointed Collingwood as interim head coach for the upcoming three-Test tour of the West Indies. But will he be offered the job on a permanent basis?

Not only is Collingwood a highly-rated coach, but he is also a former white-ball captain. The 45-year-old knows what it takes to lead teams, having captained England at both ODI and T20 level.

Of course, Collingwood is not a proven head coach. But March’s series against the Windies provides him with the ideal opportunity to show what he can do. He will surely throw his hat into the ring if things go well in the Caribbean.

What Next for England Cricket?

The first Test between England and the West Indies gets underway on March 8, with the final match scheduled for March 24. England’s next Test series doesn’t start until June, giving the ECB plenty of time to make a decision.

As it stands, Langer is the bookmakers’ favorite to take the role on a permanent basis. But a lot could change between now and the end of the West Indies series.

With big names such as Kirsten, Stewart, Ponting, and Jayawardene also in the running for the England job, don’t be shocked if the ECB opts to appoint a betting outsider in the coming weeks.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

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