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Boycott wants Wright to replace Fletcher

Boycott feels that Wright could be the apposite replacement for Fletcher, given his success with India overseas.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2007 19:59 IST

Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott wants ex-India coach John Wright to teach Andrew Flintoff and Co. How to win Tests overseas in the wake of their 0-5 Ashes debacle against Australia.

Boycott said Wright, who coached India for five years, had helped them learn how to win Test matches overseas and could be a good replacement for incumbent Duncan Fletcher.

"My preferred option for Fletcher's successor would be John Wright, the former New Zealand batsman who helped India learn how to win Test matches overseas," he said.

"He (Wright) is a firm hand in a soft glove and I know he would be interested," the Yorkshire great wrote in a column for 'Daily Telegraph'.

Boycott said after the Ashes fiasco, Fletcher should do the honourable thing by stepping down after the World Cup.

"This tour has been a shambles from first to last and it is about time that certain people admitted that. The first thing I want to see is the coach, Duncan Fletcher, taking responsibility for his mistakes and announcing that he will retire after the World Cup."

Boycott, who has been demanding Fletcher's ouster ever since the team's Champions Trophy debacle, also suggested the team should have separate Test and one-day coaches.

"The other idea England should consider is splitting the job in half, so that they have one coach for the Test team and one for one-day internationals. It would be revolutionary, but you should never disparage an idea just because nobody else has tried it."

The cricketer-turned commentator named current Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody and former Australian batsman Dean Jones as possible one-day coaches.

First Published: Jan 06, 2007 19:59 IST