Fletcher may carry on well beyond Ashes

Published: Monday, April 25, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:England coach Duncan Fletcher who has formed an excellent combination with skipper Michael Vaughan is likely to get an extension according to sources in the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) who are likely to hold talks with him in this regard.

The BBC website quoted David Morgan, the ECB chairman, as saying: "It's important we look at Duncan's career plan with him. In business terms, he's a senior manager and we don't want to lose him."

It may be recalled that Fletcher has been England's coach for almost six years now, during which time England have jumped up to second-best Test team in the world, but there were rumours that he would step down after the Ashes series this summer.

However, the one glaring omission in the South African born Fletcher' illustrious stint with the Poms, has been his inability to help England regain the Ashes. On both occasions when he has been the coach - in 2001 and in 2002-03 - England have lost 4-1.

But, Morgan scoffed at reports that Fletcher could quit after the Ashes. "I can't believe that. I've had no indication that he's thinking about a change. His enthusiasm seems to be as high as ever. I'm sure he's ready to give the Ashes series and Bangladesh his best shots," he told The Sunday Times.

Meanwhile, English skipper Michael Vaughan also hoped that Fletcher would continue. "He plays a massively important role off the field with plans and his coaching ability and probably doesn't get the credit which he fully deserves. I certainly hope he gets his pen and signs a contract which keeps him with England for a few years yet."

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