Former Middlesex and Kent batsman Ed Smith seems to have emerged as the favourite to be selected as… selector, the England National Selector that is.
Firstly, let’s address the obvious criticism. Smith played three Tests and there will be those who will suggest that he doesn’t have enough experience at the highest level to be qualified to perform the role. However we’ve seen numerous ex-professional players, extremely good ones at that, fail to transfer their skills to the commentary box and punditry arena. There’ve been many a successful football manager who didn’t have a particularly decorated domestic career but succeeded in management. Smith has immense experience of English county cricket and of observing the international game in his roles as commentator, pundit and writer. I’m of the impression that he’ll make a measured and methodical National Selector and for one will be happy and instilled with optimism for the England side, if Andrew Strauss provides him with the gig.