Sussex coach Mark Robinson has stated his intention to apply for the job of England’s technical director.
Robinson has sounded out officials at the ECB over becoming Andy Flower’s replacement and has been told it is worth his while putting his name forward.
Flower stepped down as England coach following the 5-0 Ashes whitewash last month with limited overs coach Ashley Giles the favourite to take on the Test team as well.
Robinson, who is currently in Sri Lanka leading the England Lions, said: “I'd love to put my hat in the ring because it's the pinnacle of anybody's career to represent their country.
"I wasn't lucky enough to do that as a player but the potential opportunity to do that as a coach would be fantastic.
"They have asked for candidates to put their names forward at the end of this week, as I understand. I've spoken to a couple of people to see whether it is worth my while, and it is something I am going to do.
“I'd love to do it. I am ambitious to have an opportunity, even if it is an outside one. These opportunities and chances don't come up often. Whether I get it is a different issue.”
Robinson took over as Sussex coach in 2005 when Peter Moores – another contender for the England job – left to work for the ECB.
He guided Sussex to the Championship title in 2006 and 2007 as well as winning the C&G Trophy and Twenty20 Cup.
Robinson, 47, is highly regarded within the ECB having previously coached England under-19s at a World Cup and being selected to lead the Lions in Sri Lanka.