Newell calm about England interview

  • Last Updated: April 7 2014, 21:06 BST

Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mike Newell has rubbished the idea that victory over Lancashire could boost his prospects of taking over as England coach.

Mike Newell: Nottinghamshire director of cricket
Mike Newell: Nottinghamshire director of cricket

Nottinghamshire took control of the Trent Bridge season-opener on the second day as Lancashire slipped to 77 for six, still 46 runs short of the follow-on mark.

The most obvious sub-plot to the contest is the battle between Newell and his Lancashire counterpart, Peter Moores, who have both been short-listed to replace Andy Flower as England's new coach.

Both are expected to be interviewed within the next few weeks - although Newell denied reports he will meet the ECB this week - but the 49-year-old thinks it is unlikely he would take any advantage into those discussions by putting one over Moores.

"I'd like to hope not," he said.

"I would have liked to have thought it was a little more scientific than that."

Asked if he had heard when his interview would be, Newell added: "No I haven't.

"Nothing is happening this week.

"I've applied and I understand I'm on a shortlist but I don't know as and when there are any interviews."

Newell was able to reflect on a good day for his side as they sliced open Lancashire's top order after rain allowed only 34 overs.

Play started three hours late due to the weather and, when the covers were lifted, a wicket favouring the seamers was revealed.

Debutant Jake Ball grabbed the first wickets of his Championship career - with former South Africa batsman Ashwell Prince his notable first scalp - to return two for 25.

New-ball pair Luke Fletcher and Harry Gurney made the immediate inroads, however, as Lancashire's openers departed to leave them four for two.

Last season's Division Two champions were never allowed to recover thereafter as Nottinghamshire pressed them until the rain returned for good at tea.

"With the new ball we were quite tight and didn't give too much away," Newell said.

"That builds the pressure and that's where we think the wickets will come from. I was quite pleased with that.

"This time of year, you don't expect high-scoring matches and especially not here."

Newell praised the performance of Ball, who was born in nearby Mansfield, as the right-armer made his first mark on the Championship.

"(It was) great for Jake," he said.

"He's done very well for us in one-day cricket for a number of years now.

"For him to get the opportunity to play in a four-day game is very good for him."

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