Paul Collingwood
Paul Collingwood.(Photo: Getty Images)

England Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that former all-rounder, Paul Collingwood, will act as the interim head coach of the national team for the Test series against West Indies.

Chris Silverwood resigned from his position as the head coach following the disastrous Ashes series in Australia where they lost 0-4. In his place, Collingwood will take over. He was the head coach of the T20 team that lost the series 2-3 last month.

England cricket team.
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I am genuinely excited to be leading the Test team for the tour of the Caribbean. I can’t wait to get started. Having a challenging Test series against the West Indies straight off the back of the Ashes disappointment gives us a chance from now to reset and rebuild,” Collingwood said in a statement.

“We have an opportunity to get back on track” – Paul Collingwood

England has come under severe criticism for their abysmal performance in Tests of late. Their focus has been on white-ball cricket which has served its purpose but the longest format of the game turned out to be the collateral damage. In order to repair the damage, Joe Root and co. will have to sweat it out.

Playing Test matches for England is the highest accolade in the game. My objective is to give players clarity, direction, and encouragement for them to start building something special.”

Stuart Broad and Joe Root for England. Photo- Twitter
Stuart Broad and Joe Root for England. Photo- Twitter

I have spoken to Joe Root and Ben Stokes, and both are excited and passionate to take the team forward in this new cycle. Although they know it won’t be easy, they have the desire and bravery to do things differently to ensure the team can prosper. We have an opportunity to get back on track,” Collingwood added.

After the Ashes series, Director of Cricket, Ashley Giles also stepped down from his position.

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