Chris Silverwood: England appoint new head coach to succeed Trevor Bayliss

Chris Silverwood has been appointed England head coach, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced.

Silverwood succeeds Trevor Bayliss in the position and is promoted from the role of bowling coach to take the main job.

A statement read: “The ECB’s selection panel of Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison, Managing Director of England’s Men’s Cricket Ashley Giles and Head of Coach Development John Neal unanimously agreed that he was the outstanding candidate for the role having impressed during the interview process and demonstrating his intimate knowledge of the current set-up and systems.”

Chris Silverwood has been promoted from bowling coach to head coach
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Giles said of the appointment: “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.



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“Over the past couple of years, he has been an integral member of developing the teams’ culture and emerging a cohesive relationship across the team’s management group.

“Chris cares passionately about how we grow and develop the game through the county network. His relationships with the first-class game, in particular County Coaches and Directors of Cricket, will be invaluable. Having led Essex to the County Championship title in 2017, his legacy is very much in evidence this campaign, which saw Essex win the domestic double of the Specsavers County Championship and the Vitality Blast.

“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.”

Silverwood enjoyed a six-year international career during his playing days, featuring in six Tests and seven ODIs for England between 1996 and 2002.

After playing domestically for Yorkshire and Middlesex, Silverwood hung up his boots in 2009 and joined the Essex coaching staff the following year.

In 2016 he was appointed head coach and enjoyed great success, winning promotion in his debut season and the County Championship title the following year.

Silverwood joined the England backroom team in late 2017, arriving as fast bowling coach.

“I am thrilled and honoured to be appointed England Head Coach,” said Silverwood. “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.

“I have enjoyed working with the players over the past two seasons, and developing the best crop of talent in the English game.

“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.”

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