Silverwood replaces Bayliss as England's head coach

Chris Silverwood chats with Jofra Archer

Chris Silverwood is now the lead candidate to replace Trevor Bayliss Credit action images

Silverwood, 44, has been promoted from the role of bowling coach and will take charge from Trevor Bayliss, who coached England to their maiden World Cup triumph in July this year and stepped down after the Ashes series against Australia which England drew 2-2.

Silverwood, who played six tests for England over six years around the turn of the century, was the rather low-profile choice to replace Trevor Bayliss as head coach of the national teams. But, Ashely Giles chose to select Chris Silverwood because he has been with the team since the 2017 and 2018 Ashes Test Series. These gentlemen unanimously agreed to Sliverwood's appointment. "Chris was the standout candidate", Giles said in an official statement.

South Africa's Gary Kirsten lost out to Chris Silverwood for the position as England's cricket coach. But, Kirsten fell behind in the interview process poorly. If Silverwood is to get the best out of his troops, their workloads must be closely monitored. He was appointed head coach ahead of the 2016 season, promptly leading them to a promotion that same season and then on to the County Championship title the following year. However, with T20 World Cups in 2020 and 2021, Silverwood can not be entirely focused on England's red-ball fortunes.

Following his retirement, Silverwood joined the coaching staff at Essex in 2010. His legacy still evident this year when Essex won the double of the County Championship and the T20 Vitality Blast.

'I believe he is what we need to take our global teams forward. He is a known figure in England and understands the systems and the structure of the England Cricket Board very well.

In 2009-10, Silverwood was offered the role of player-coach at Zimbabwe franchise Mashonaland Eagles where he played two matches, but later made a decision to focus on coaching.

In the interview, Chris demonstrated the plans to move forward. His relationships with the first-class game, in particular County Coaches and Directors of Cricket, will be invaluable.

'I am excited to get started and build teams that the whole game can be proud of.

Silverwood was England's bowling coach and has always been in contention to take over as the head coach. England will play 2 test match series and 5 T20 worldwide series in New Zealand.

Silverwood's words on Monday hinted at the transitional phases he charted for all three full England teams during last week's presentation to the interview panel of European Central Bank chief executive Tom Harrison, managing director of cricket Ashley Giles and head of coach development John Neal. Although Silverwood will be in charge for all formats, there is no doubting that development of England's Test performances is the main barometer against which he will be measured.

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