Sir Ian Botham expects England to pick experienced Ashes squad

Shane Bond during his time at Black Caps bowling coach alongside Mike Hesson

The highlight of Geraint's career came in the 2005 Ashes at Edgbaston when he took a brilliant catch to get out Michael Kasprowicz off the bowling of Steve Harmison - a moment which saw England win the game by just two runs in one of the most memorable test matches in history.

A series win in Australia would see star batsman Root join a select group of post-World War II England captains - Len Hutton, Ray Illingworth, Mike Brearley, Mike Gatting and Andrew Strauss - to have led a side to Ashes glory Down Under.

The 41-year-old is one of two worldwide sports stars to join the school's staff this year, as Australian hockey gold medallist at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics Kathryn Starre will also be coaching.

The former Kiwi spearhead is now on tour as head coach of the New Zealand "A" side, now away in India - with two four-day first class matches and five 50 over games scheduled. It's Bond's first head coaching role, and shows his ambitions to further his career. "He could leave [to accept other coaching roles] with our blessing, no problem at all", NZC public affairs manager Richard Boock said.

England dropped at least 14 chances in the three-Test series against West Indies which they won 2-1.

For England to regain the Ashes this winter - and their graph is going up after the two Test series wins this summer against South Africa and West Indies - there are two key indicators of success.

Bond has previously been the Black Caps bowling coach and will coach the coach New Zealand A on their short tour of India which starts next week. He now has a role with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, which rules him out as a long-term Gibson replacement, but the Kiwi is seen as someone who could perform exactly the role they're after in Australia.

Like his former team-mates Stephen Fleming and Vettori who were linked with national roles before, Bond is unlikely to want the England bowling coach job fulltime because of the time away from his young family, and the fact it would curtail his T20 roles like Mumbai and Brisbane. England will next meet West Indies in a Twenty20 and five one-day internationals starting on Saturday.

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