Finally, the England and Wales Cricket Board has named the replacement for the national team’s head coach role. They asked Chris Silverwood to take the role left by Trevor Bayliss after winning the ICC World Cup 2019 in the limited-overs format and drawn Ashes Trophy in the home conditions.
Silverwood was England’s bowling coach and has always been in contention to take over as the head coach. He enjoys a great relationship with the current group of players and has pipped former South African cricketer and India head coach Gary Kirsten in the race for the top post.
Chris has performed exceptionally – Ashley Giles
The former pacer, who was the coach that led Essex to their first County title in 25 years, had joined the England set-up last year in January after his stint with the county. For Chris Silverwood, the first task would be a tour of New Zealand with two Tests and five T20Is.
“We are delighted to confirm Chris as England Men’s head coach. We have gone through a thorough process and looked at all the options that were available to us. Chris was the standout candidate.
“I believe he is what we need to take our international teams forward. 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.
“He has performed exceptionally well during his role as an assistant coach and has the ultimate respect of the players’ that have worked with him.
“Chris demonstrated in his interview a clear understanding and strategy of how both the red and white ball teams need to evolve. He has some detailed thoughts on what it will take to win the Ashes in Australia and win major ICC white-ball tournaments,” ECB official Giles said as per Sky Sports.
I am thrilled and honoured – Chris Silverwood
Speaking of the appointment, Chris Silverwood quoted that he is pretty excited to take the role and wants to perform at his best to the team. Further, he wants to continue the glorious phase for England cricket during his term as the head coach of the team.
“I am thrilled and honoured to be appointed England head coach,” Silverwood said. “I am excited to get started and build teams that the whole game can be proud of. There is a tremendous amount of talent coming through, and there is enormous potential for growth. 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.”
Well, it would be interesting to see how the new coach will look after the team in the upcoming few series. Under him, there are quite a few big series’ and tournaments lined up in the next few months.