Ricky Ponting has refused to coach England and has informed the director of cricket Robert Key. The former Australia captain, 47, is currently coaching Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Key had thought that Ponting might be tempted to coach white-ball teams.

But Ponting has made clear his unavailability, as has another Key target, Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene.

Ottis Gibson has emerged as a candidate to coach the Test team, with Key willing to appoint different coaches for the limited-overs cricket and longest format.

Gibson has coached South Africa and West Indies in the past and was with Bangladesh as a fast bowling coach.

He knows the English set-up pretty well, having worked as their fast bowling coach between 2007 and 2010. His second stint was between 2015 and 2017.

Nick Knight is another candidate to become a part of the coaching staff.

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