England have appointed Chris Silverwood as the new head coach, replacing Trevor Bayliss, who stepped down last month after the Ashes series at the end of his contract. He has spent the last two years serving as the fast bowling coach under Bayliss.
Chris Silverwood’s first assignment will be England’s tour of New Zealand, which includes a five-match T20I series and two Tests. The series will take place in November.
“I believe he is what we need to take our international teams forward,” Ashley Giles, managing director of England men’s cricket said. “He is somebody we know well, but it is his intimate understanding of our structures and systems and his close relationships with Test captain Joe Root and white-ball captain Eoin Morgan that will help us develop our plans for the next few years.”
“Ultimately, his highest quality is that he is a winner and that will be an important part of the job as we look to strive to become the most respected team in the world across all formats,” he further added.
Although Giles earlier had stated that he wanted the best person for the job and choosing an Englishman was always his preference. Chris Silverwood will be the second home-grown head coach to take charge of England.
The 44-year-old had played six Tests and seven One Day Internationals for England between 1996 and 2002 and coached Essex to the County Championship title in 2017 before joining the England team.
However, Chris Silverwood shared his excitement to get the job.
“There is a tremendous amount of talent coming through, and there is enormous potential for growth,” he expressed. “The hard work starts now, and I am confident we can make a positive impact during our winter tours of New Zealand and South Africa.”
Although England won the 50-over World Cup in July, they failed to win the Ashes series against Australia as they retained the urn after a 2-2 draw.