Thorpe emerging as frontrunner for England batting coach role

Former England batsman Graham Thorpe is reportedly emerging as the top candidate for the vacant post of England`s lead batting coach.

Thorpe has previously coached teams in England and Australia, and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is keen to appoint him as a replacement for Australian Dene Hills.

The 41-year-old was identified as a potential member of the backroom team by England coach Andy Flower following his good work with ECB`s academy squad in Abu Dhabi, the Telegraph reports.

After retiring from Test cricket in 2005, Thorpe had moved to Australia, where he worked as an assistant coach with New South Wales.

He returned to Surrey in November 2008 as batting coach.

Earlier, ECB had announced that Hills would be leaving the team after the second Ashes Test in Adelaide to link up with Australia as their assistant coach.