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Strauss pledge over new coach; ENGLAND CRICKET.

ANDREW Strauss insists the new England head coach will not be a "whipping boy" for him or anyone else.

Strauss is searching for a full-time successor to Peter Moores, who was sacked on the same day the former England captain took up his new role as director of cricket.

Several names have been touted as possible appointments, with Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie believed to be the favourite, but there have been suggestions the new man might not have as much control of team affairs as they would like, especially as a return for Kevin Pietersen has been out ruled while the decision to appoint Joe Root as England's Test vice-captain has already been taken as well.

However, Strauss assures that will not be the case.

He said during an interview with BBC's Test Match Special yesterday: "The new coach is going to be given the opportunity and space.

"He is not going to be a whipping boy for me or anyone else."

Aside from former Australia fast bowler Gillespie, ex-Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody has been linked with the job, while Paul Farbrace, who is taking charge of the side for the series against New Zealand, has said it would be "very hard to say no" if he was offered the post.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:1U100
Date:May 22, 2015
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