Chris Silverwood
England coach Chris Silverwood. (Photo: Getty Images)

Former England head coach Chris Silverwood is reportedly set to become Sri Lanka’s next head coach after he was axed by England following the Ashes 2021-22 humiliation Down Under recently, where the visitors were thrashed 0-4 while they barely managed to hang on for a draw in one Test.

Silverwood has taken over as head coach from Trevor Bayliss in 2019, having been the fast bowling coach of the England national team since January 2018.

Following his sacking, Silverwood said: “It’s been an absolute honour to be England Head Coach, and I’m extremely proud to have worked alongside our players and staff. I want to thank them all for the hard work and commitment they have given during my time in the role and I wish them all the very best moving forward.

England Coach Chris Silverwood
England Coach Chris Silverwood (Image Credit: Twitter)

The last two years have been very demanding but I have really enjoyed my time with the team and working with Rooty and Morgs, and I am very proud of this group considering the challenges. I leave with fond memories and I am now looking forward to spending some quality time at home with my family and embracing the next chapter.”

Sri Lanka In Final Stage Negotiations With Chris Silverwood To Take Over As Head Coach – Report

On the other hand, Sri Lanka has also been searching for a new head coach since November when it was announced that Mickey Arthur would be leaving the role to become Derbyshire’s head of cricket.

According to journalist Rex Clementine, who works for Sri Lankan outlet The Island, Silverwood is in final talks with the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board for becoming the next Sri Lanka head coach.

Chris Silverwood
England coach Chris Silverwood. (Photo: Twitter)

“SLC in final stage negotiations with Chris Silverwood to take over as Head Coach. Silverwood has a reputation for producing results with young teams having won Essex their first county championship in 25 years. He was recently sacked as England Head Coach after the Ashes,” Clementine tweeted.

Meanwhile, another candidate who was in consideration for Sri Lanka coach job was former Australia head coach Justin Langer, who also left his role after the Ashes. Aravinda de Silva, chairman of Sri Lanka’s cricket committee, confirmed their interest in Langer last month.

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