Kirsten wants Cook involved in England rebuild if he replaces Silverwood

Gary Kirsten has publicly thrown his hat in the ring to become the new England Test head coach, with Chris Silverwood 's position looking increasingly tenuous after his side's Ashes humiliation.

Kirsten previously coached India to World Cup success in 2011 and South Africa became the number one ranked Test team under his watch in 2012.

The 54-year-old has applied for the role twice before, losing out to Trevor Bayliss in 2015 and Silverwood in 2019, but is keen to try and spark a reversal in England's fortunes in Test match cricket.

Kirsten is only interested in coaching England's Test side and has said we would look to get Alastair Cook involved if he were to replace Silverwood.

In an appearance on talkSPORT’s Cricket Collective podcast, Kirsten said: "The first conversation I would have with the powers that be is: make sure you have five or six people in the room who are the best Test match experts you could have in English cricket.

"So for me, the number one stand-out would be Alastair Cook. He would have to be in the room to discuss the game going forward at Test match level in England.

"Importantly, those best cricket minds need to agree on a top six batting line-up where everyone agrees that technically these are the best players in the country, and then you can move forward."

Kirsten also explained why he is only interested in becoming Test coach, adding: "The England job is always a consideration because it is a tremendous honour.

"I’ve walked this journey twice now and I’ve always made it clear that I would never commit to doing all formats.

"My focus is always on the format where I think the team can reach new heights and it feels like English Test cricket has a great chance to reset and make sure they have a formidable team, like they have with the one-day team.

"I did that when I was with the Proteas. The white ball team has great young cricketers and hardly changes.

"I was fortunate to have a short stint at the Hundred and to understand English cricket a little more. There’s a lot to be encouraged and impressed by.

"I asked a number of county coaches and senior players who their top six would be in their battling line-up for the Test side, and I never got the same answer.

"For me, that’s a red flag. For every great Test team, you have a secure top six. You should know your top six."

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