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England appoint Chris Silverwood as men’s cricket head coach

Silverwood is only the second Englishman to coach the national side in almost 20 years.

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England appoint Chris Silverwood as men's cricket head coach
Chris Silverwood. Photo: Sky Sports

Chris Silverwood has been appointed as the new head coach of England men’s cricket team, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Monday, 7 October.

Silverwood has thus replaced Trevor Bayliss. An ECB statement said,

“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,” it added.

The newly appointed Silverwood said England have “enormous potential for growth” and that he is excited to take his new responsibility.

“I aim to continue the great work that has been done over the past five years and build on our future, especially in the Test arena,” said Silverwood who led Essex to their first County Championship title in 25 years in 2017.

“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,” he added.

44-year old Silverwood is only the second Englishman to coach the national side in almost 20 years of England’s cricket history.

Silverwood’s first major task will be to guide England in the tour of New Zealand, which features a five-match T20I series starting on 1 November and two Test matches against the Black Caps commencing on November 21 at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.

Silverwood played six Tests and seven ODIs for England between 1996 and 2002, alongside a successful county career with Yorkshire and Middlesex.

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