Andrew Flintoff claims he would like to coach England one day.
The former England all-rounder, who played the last of his 79 Tests in 2009, has taken up coaching and has attained the lower-level qualifications.
England are currently looking for a new head coach as Trevor Bayliss is due to step down at the end of this summer’s Ashes, but Flintoff concedes that would be too soon.
The 41-year-old told BBC Test Match Special: “Coaching is definitely an ambition. There are probably two or three coaching jobs I’d like – England, Lancashire or Lancashire Academy.
“I’d love to be England coach one day, just not quite yet.”
Flintoff, who burst onto the scene as a teenager with Lancashire, has already done some coaching work with the county’s under-13 side.
He said: “I’ve got two of my coaching levels – me and (former England team-mate) Steve Harmison might do our level threes soon.”
Flintoff has recently been working in TV, most notably as a presenter on popular motoring programme Top Gear, but claims he has tried to get into top-level coaching before.
He says he applied for the England job when it became available in 2014 but was not taken seriously.
Flintoff, who also played 141 one-day internationals for England, said: “A few years ago I applied for the England coaching job – we were getting beat, I was in the office and thought, ‘I’m going to apply’.
“I wrote an email for the interview, a month passed and I’d heard nothing. I chased it up, then I got a phone call saying they thought it was somebody taking the mick!”
England and Australia will go into battle again as the fourth Ashes Test match gets under way at Old Trafford on Thursday.
Following Ben Stokes’ heroics at Headingley this will be a crunch match, but Stuart Broad said on Monday that the momentum was firmly with England.
The Ashes series is tied at one-all, with one match drawn and two to play.
Should Australia win they are guaranteed to retain the Ashes, as in the event of a drawn series, the urn stays with the holders.
“We’ve come here enjoying what happened last week but know that that’s gone,” explained Broad. “But also not forgetting about that because we can take a lot of energy, a lot of spirit from the way we stayed in that Test match throughout.
“The language within the changing room was always positive and how are we going to get the result. That’s exactly the same mindset that we need here at Old Trafford.”
Watch the video with Broad above.
Joe Denly has confirmed he will switch places with Jason Roy and open the batting for England in the fourth Ashes Test.
The change was widely expected, with Roy having scored just 62 runs in seven outings at the top of the order.
England still believe the World Cup-winning batsman can be a success in the longer format but have bowed to the inevitable by taking him out of the new-ball firing line.
Instead, Kent batsman Denly will return to the spot where he made his Test debut over the winter and Roy will take up residence at number four.
“I got a call from (captain) Joe Root after a bit of time off and he said he’d like me to go at the top of the order and try to get us off to a good start,” Denly told BBC Radio 5Live.
Roy will now have the chance to prove his prowess in the middle order, a role he has fulfilled for the majority of his first-class career with Surrey.
“Obviously Jason is going to bat four and that’s great for English cricket,” said Denly.
“With Jason Roy in the team we are a better team and with him coming in at four, hopefully with the new ball worn off and myself and Rory Burns doing our job at the top, it allows him to come in and play his way. He’s a great player to have there.”
Denly made six and 17 in his only previous outing as an opener, in Antigua this January, but showed his ability to focus and bat time by gritting out an important 50 in England’s famous series-levelling win at Headingley.
His efforts, as well as those of Root (77), have largely been forgotten in the aftermath of Ben Stokes’ brilliant match-winning century but he is happy to go under the radar.
“It’s all a bit of a blur…it’s all about the last hour,” he said.
“Obviously it was a proud moment but as any top-order batter, you come off after getting out wanting more runs. Having made 50 it would have been nice to go on and get a bigger score, but thankfully we had ‘King Stokes’ coming in and finishing it for us.
“I don’t think it’s going to sink in for a while. It was a remarkable day and one that will be remembered forever, so to be part of it was very special.”