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Early frontrunners named as England step up search for national selector

Former players Steven Finn, Steven Harmison, and Nick Knight have all been linked with becoming England’s next national selector.

Ed Smith was removed from the role in 2021 but Rob Key is keen to appoint a replacement after becoming the managing director of England Men’s cricket earlier this year and the ECB formally advertised for the role last week.

Ian Bell was reported to be in the frame by the Daily Mail in June but, according to The Telegraph, Finn and Knight have emerged as the current frontrunners.

Harmison has applied for the role previously and is said to be interested but is not yet believed to have applied while more candidates are expected to emerge as the application process progresses.

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The report also claims that 33-year-old Finn, who currently plays for Sussex and has started a career as a broadcaster, would have to retire as a player to take up the role.

England’s new national selector will work closely with performance director Mo Babat and player identification lead David Court while key to their responsibilities will be building a good relationship with the counties.

It is likely to be a more complex role than previously as Key has split the head coach role, with Brendon McCullum in charge of the red-ball side and Matthew Mott the white-ball team, and fixtures will continue to overlap in the coming years.