Alex Hales backs Mick Newell and Ashley Giles as strong candidates for England job
Alex Hales believes Mick Newell and Ashley Giles both have strong claims to become England's new head coach.
Last Updated: 04/04/14 1:35pm
Giles, England's limited-overs coach, is thought to on a four-man shortlist to succeed Andy Flower, along with Nottinghamshire's director of cricket Newell.
Peter Moores and Trevor Bayliss have also been linked with the role and the ECB are expected to start interviews next week.
Hales has worked closely with Giles and Newell during his career with club and county, and feels either man could steer England into a new era.
"Both of them are outstanding candidates for the job," he told Sky Sports News.
"I've obviously spent a lot of time with Mick over my seven years at Notts and he's been great for me. The short time I have had with Giles has been very good as well. I think both of them are good candidates for the job."
Hales became the first Englishman to score a Twenty20 international century in a dramatic win over Sri Lanka in the World T20 finals.
The Sri Lankans have since gone on to book a place in the final, but England failed to qualify from the group stages and Hales admits it has been a frustrating spell for the national team.
"Yes it has been a little bit. It's a young team and there is a lot of talent around.
"I think once we gel together and everyone realises the talent we have got, I think we'll come good."
Reflecting on his 64-ball century, he said: "Yeah it was a great feeling. I had struggled for a bit of form throughout the winter, so to score runs in a big game like that was good for me, but I'm looking forward to the start of the year with Notts and a different challenge."