ENGLAND have announced that Chris Silverwood will replace the recently departed Trevor Baylis as head coach of their international cricket side.
Silverwood joined the team as bowling coach in January 2018 and has now stepped up after Bayliss’ decision to leave after four years in charge.
“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 played six Tests for England between 1996 and 2002.
Silverwood led Essex to their first County Championship title in 25 years in 2017
Former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten and ex England captain Alec Stewart were previously linked to the role however Silverwood impressed during the selection process.
“Chris demonstrated in his interview a clear understanding and strategy of how both the red- and white- ball teams need to evolve,” explained England director of cricket Ashley Giles.
“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.” Continued Giles.
Silverwood will take charge of the team for England’s tour of New Zealand starting next month, when they play five Twenty20s and two Tests.