Sil­ver­wood takes over as Eng coach

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Lon­don: Eng­land cricket chiefs have named Chris Sil­ver­wood as their new head coach to re­place Trevor Bayliss, who stepped down last month at the end of his con­tract. The 44-year-old, who has spent the past two years serv­ing as fast bowl­ing coach un­der Bayliss, will take charge for the tour of New Zealand, which in­cludes a five-match Twenty20 se­ries, start­ing on Novem­ber 1, and two Tests.

While for­mer In­dia and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten and Sur­rey’s di­rec­tor of cricket Alec Ste­wart emerged as con­tenders to suc­ceed Aus­tralian Bayliss, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Eng­land men’s cricket Ashley Giles de­scribed Sil­ver­wood as the “stand­out can­di­date”.

“I be­lieve he is what we need to take our in­ter­na­tional teams for­ward,” he said on Mon­day. “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 next few years.”

“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,” he added.

The 44-year-old, who played six Tests and seven one-day in­ter­na­tion­als for Eng­land be­tween 1996 and 2002, coached Es­sex to the County Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in 2017 be­fore join­ing the Eng­land setup. Sil­ver­wood, just the se­cond English­man to take sole charge of the na­tional side since 1999, said there was plenty of tal­ent com­ing through the ranks. “I aim to con­tinue the great work that has been done over the past five years, es­pe­cially in the Test arena,” he said.

CHRIS SIL­VER­WOOD

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