Vishal Mehra ∙ Sep 19 2022, 10:15 AM

ECB likely to offer James Anderson, Stuart Broad dual roles 

image-l88hkludStuart Broad and James Anderson will feature in The Ashes 2023 [PC: Twitter]

England Test specialists James Anderson and Stuart Broad are likely to be offered roles of player-cum-coach by the England and Wales Cricket Broad (ECB) moving forward. The board is looking for ways to cut short the backroom staff, and offering roles to two stalwarts in English cricket is the way forward.

According to a report in the DailyMail, the ECB is eyeing long-term utilization of both Broad and Anderson, and their experience will only help its upcoming crop of talented bowlers, with current fast-bowling coach Jon Lewis departing soon.

As far their playing career is concerned, both will feature in The Ashes 2023 next summer as confirmed by Test head coach Brendon McCullum last week. 

"McCullum is known to want a streamlining of the support staff within the Test environment, and with Lewis returning to work within the ECB’s pathway system, it would mean a duo who have shared 997 Test wickets when playing together grooming their successors,"

Anderson with 667 wickets, is the third-highest wicket-taker in Tests, while Broad's 566 tally puts him at number five, behind India's Anil Kumble (619).

The management could ask the duo to take up the role as early as England's two-Test series in New Zealand in February 2023, which is not part of the ICC World Test Championship Cycle.

The other members of McCullum's support staff Paul Collingwood, Marcus Trescothick, and Jeetan Patel will continue to be associated with the Test side.

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