Lancashire's Peter Moores has confirmed he is interested in succeeding Andy Flower as coach of the England team.
Flower stood down from his role as technical director in January after the 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia.
Moores, 51, took charge of England from 2007-2009 until he was sacked, while Nottinghamshire's Mick Newell is another candidate.
"It's a position I'm interested in and, as an Englishman, it's difficult not to be," said Moores.
Moores's 2009 departure followed a rift with Kevin Pietersen, who is no longer part of the national team, before he led Lancashire to their first outright Championship title for 77 years in September 2011.
"I've loved my time here. I want to make sure I stay focused on the season that's coming up," said Moores, head coach of Lancashire for five years who helped the Red Rose county win the Division Two title in 2013 after their relegation a year earlier.
When asked if he had applied for the role, Moores said: "I'm in the process. Where that takes me to, we'll have to wait and see."
Limited-overs coach and former England spinner Ashley Giles has stated his desire to take control of the national side in all three formats of the game with Newell an outside contender.
"I'm used to building and rebuilding teams," Notts director of cricket Newell told Sky Sports News.
"That's what I've had to do over the past 12 years - changing players and changing staff and I've got an awful lot of experience to bring."
Moores, who played for and coached Sussex before taking the England post in 2007, won eight, lost six and drew eight of his 22 Tests in charge.
There were series victories against West Indies and New Zealand (twice) though his tenure will be best remembered for the fallout with Pietersen, who resigned as captain as a result.
"I've thought long and hard about whether to go in for the job and you do it because you feel you could make a difference," said Moores.
"Having been there once before, you learn from that and maybe there are some things you may look to tackle slightly differently."
England and Lancashire paceman James Anderson backed Moores to do a better job second time round if offered the post.
"I'm sure he'll admit he made a couple of mistakes when he was coaching England, and I'm sure he's learned from that, and if he gets another chance he'll make sure he doesn't do them again," said the 31-year-old.