Fletcher will return to England this summer but as India’s coach

WORLD CUP winners India have appointed former England coach Duncan Fletcher as the successor to Gary Kirsten on a two-year contract.

Fletcher, who masterminded England’s first Ashes series win for 18 years back in 2005, will return to these shores this summer with the touring Indian side.

Current England coach Andy Flower had been the Indian board’s primary choice, but Fletcher’s fellow Zimbabwean is settled in England and is understood to be ready to sign a new contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Michael Vaughan, who worked splendidly in tandem with Fletcher during his time as England captain, said: “Duncan will work well with all the talent. His biggest challenge will come from the media. He has never really understood how it works.”