Former England captain Alec Stewart is the new frontrunner to become the next national selector, according to a report from ESPNcricinfo.
The role was removed by Ashley Giles last year but new director of England men’s cricket Rob Key is looking to bring it back and the search is now on.
The report claims that Stewart, who has been Surrey’s director of cricket for the last eight years, is highly rated by Key due to his knowledge of the county circuit and domestic players as well as his experience bringing through young players at the Oval.
Stewart certainly knows what it takes to succeed in a Three Lions shirt. The former wicketkeeper-batter sits fourth in the list of England’s Test run scorers with 8463 from 133 matches and also led his country 15 times in the longest form of the game.
The 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.