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Cricketer Paul Collingwood attends the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards at Central Hall Westminster on February 6 2012 in London England
If Paul Collingwood becomes England coach, he will replace Zimbabwean Andy Flower © Getty Images

Wellington: Feb 3, 2014

Former England ODI captain Paul Collingwood has reportedly hinted at his willingness to be involved in the England cricket coaching setup in the future, although he is unsure about his immediate availability.

England is searching for a new coach after Andy Flower resigned following a disastrous 2013-14 Ashes, where they were swept 5-0 by Australia and also lost the one-day international and Twenty20 series under the mentorship of Ashley Giles.

According to Stuff.co.nz, former England captain Michael Vaughan had revealed that his preferred option to take over would be South African Gary Kirsten, adding that he would surround Kirsten with the best English cricket brains like Collingwood and former national team-mates Giles and Graham Thorpe.

Although flattered by Vaughan”s praise, Collingwood, who co-coached Scotland to the Cricket World Cup qualifying title recently, acknowledged that the timing could prove difficult for him as he still has a year left on his playing contract with county side Durham.

However, Collingwood, who played 68 tests and 197 ODIs for England between 2001 and 2011, said that as he has enjoyed the coaching side of things with Scotland, he would be more than willing to help England in any way in the future.

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