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Silverwood confirmed as new England coach

Silverwood confirmed as new England coach Photo: TT
England coach Chris Silverwood

England bowling coach Chris Silverwood has been appointed as the new national coach taking over from Trevor Bayliss.

Silverwood has worked as England’s bowling coach under Bayliss for the past two years and steps up following their failure to win back the Ashes on home turf against Australia.

England did win the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup earlier this year under Bayliss after a dramatic final against New Zealand.

Australian Bayliss stepped down last month after more than four years in charge, having taken over in May 2015.

There had been speculation linking Alec Stewart and Gary Kirsten with the job but England cricket managing director Ashley Giley said Silverwood was the clear choice.

“I believe he is what we need to take our international teams forward,” Giles said.

“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.”

Silverwood played six Tests and seven One-Day Internationals for England as a right-arm medium-pacer between 1996 and 2002, while he had a good County career with Yorkshire and Middlesex.

He moved into coaching in 2010 as Essex bowling coach and took over the head coaching job in 2016, leading the side to promotion and then the County championship in 2017.

“Ultimately, his highest quality is that he is a winner and that will be an important part of the job as we look to strive to become the most respected team in the world across all formats,” Giles said.

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