County cricket: Sussex boss Mark Robinson would relish chance to coach England
Sussex coach Mark Robinson would love to coach England if the ECB look to him as a replacement for Andy Flower.
Last Updated: 31/03/14 4:43pm
Robinson has been in charge at Hove since 2005, when he replaced Peter Moores, and he has overseen plenty of domestic success since.
Sussex won the County Championship in 2006 and 2007, the Division Two title in 2010, the Friends Provident Trophy in 2006, the Pro40 in 2008 and 2009 and the Twenty20 Cup in 2009.
Limited-overs coach Ashley Giles has drifted to 11/8 favourite with Sky Bet to take over from Flower with Moores 100/30, Stephen Fleming 6/1 and Robinson, Mick Newell and Tom Moody all bracketed on 8/1.
Robinson, who led the England Lions on their successful tour of Sri Lanka, told Sky Sports: "I'd love to do it, of course I would.
"I think everybody's childhood dream is to represent their country. I wasn't lucky enough to do that as a player so if there is an opportunity to do it as a head coach I would grab it with both hands."
For now, Robinson's focus is on claiming the Division One title and bringing success back to the club after a few barren years in the four-day and one-day games.
He hopes the addition of Stefan Piolet, Jon Lewis and Ashar Zaidi will give the squad enough options to improve on last season's third-place finish.
"The new additions give us better options," added Robinson. "I feel that the squad is more balanced this year, but it is up to the guys to stand up and deliver now.
"We have good options, with the ability to play more all-rounders, four seamers or two spinners. We have the opportunity to be more flexible and that is good for the club.
"It is exciting for us that we have the opportunity to bring young players in and give them a chance a make a mark.
"It us up to them to put down a marker when they are given an opportunity, because places are up for grabs and it is up to the players to stake their claim for a place in the team."