With England yet to finalise on their head coach after Trevor Bayliss left the post at the end of the Ashes, bowling coach Chris Silverwood’s name has emerged as a strong contender alongside the South African Gary Kirsten, according to a report by the BBC.
Bayliss stepped down from the role following this summer's drawn Ashes series against Australia.
The former pacer, who was the coach that led Essex to their first County title in 25 years, had joined the England set up last year in January after his stint with the county.
An announcement on the matter is expected next week.
Many expect Silverwood to pip Kirsten, the World Cup winning coach in 2011 with India, to the job especially with Ashley Giles endorsing the 44-year-old and preferring an English coach too.
For the incoming coach, who would be at the helm of a World Cup winning side, the first task would be a tour of New Zealand with two Tests and five T20Is.
England, who failed to win back the Ashes, will now be focusing on red-ball cricket as per the instructions of director of cricket Giles as they look to breathe life into an inconsistent Test team.
Giles and the ECB are also unlikely to go for a two-coach policy.
It is understood former England captain Alec Stewart made the shortlist and was invited to a final interview.
However, the Surrey director of cricket withdrew from the reckoning because of the demands of the schedule and the impact on his family.