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Ashley Giles should be given the chance to replace Andy Flower as England's Test coach, according to Steve Harmison.

The current one-day boss is an odds-on favourite with Sky Bet to replace the outgoing Flower, who stood down last week after five years in charge.

Australian Tom Moody has expressed an interest, while former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten has his supporters.

But Kirsten is reluctant to return to international cricket's heavy touring schedule, and Harmison told Sky Sports News his former England team-mate is the best man for the job.

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"I'd like to see them give it to Ashley Giles," the retired fast bowler said. "I think he deserves a chance.

"I don't see too many legitimate candidates putting their hands up and saying 'I deserve a chance to coach England'.

"There's talk about Gary Kirsten. I don't think Gary Kirsten will want the England job because of the way he left India and South Africa: he wanted to spend more time with his family, and he's not going to get that in England.

"I think Ashley Giles deserves a chance to put his stamp on this side: I'd give him the Test job and the one-day job and possibly detach the Twenty20 job altogether.

"He's got all the trades. He worked hard as a cricketer, and as a coach he did all the hard work at Warwickshire, winning the Championship.

"He'll throw everything behind it, and I think he'll succeed - especially with people like Alastair Cook around him."


England spinner Monty Panesar has also endorsed Giles' candidacy. He said: "Ashley Giles seems to be the favourite because he's been in the one-day post for one year.

"He's been a bit frustrated because he hasn't had his best team, so you can't judge him on these results, but for the past year he's been part of the set-up and everyone looks up to him.

"He has high integrity as a coach and everyone works well with him so I think he will start favourite."

Harmison did offer one left-field alternative in the shape of Peter Moores, the Lancashire coach whose previous spell as England boss ended in 2009 following well-publicised differences with Kevin Pietersen.

"Peter Moores did a good enough job for England," Harmison said. "It was just unfortunate the way things ended."

Who should succeed Andy Flower as England head coach?

  • Graham Ford
  • Ashley Giles
  • Jason Gillespie
  • Gary Kirsten
  • Tom Moody
  • Mick Newell
  • Mark Robinson
  • Other