Sil­ver­wood’s coach­ing staff to have English core

Colling­wood will join Thorpe in new set-up Kirsten’s dis­ap­point­ing in­ter­view cost him job

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | Cricket - By Nick Hoult CRICKET NEWS COR­RE­SPON­DENT

One of Chris Sil­ver­wood’s first steps af­ter his ap­point­ment yes­ter­day as Eng­land head coach will be to make Paul Colling­wood a full-time mem­ber of a back­room team with a strong English iden­tity.

Colling­wood has worked with Eng­land on a con­trac­tual ba­sis for the past 12 months but had to ap­ply for a full-time role ad­ver­tised in Au­gust. He will land that job now and join Gra­ham Thorpe as one of Sil­ver­wood’s as­sis­tants, with both ex­pected to be given more re­spon­si­bil­ity in a coach­ing team who have a very fa­mil­iar look to the one led by Trevor Bayliss.

Sil­ver­wood will also look to ap­point a full-time bowl­ing coach, a po­si­tion left va­cant af­ter his own pro­mo­tion, but this is un­likely to hap­pen un­til af­ter the New Zealand tour next month, with an in­terim to be used for that trip, pos­si­bly from within the county game.

Sil­ver­wood was yes­ter­day named as Bayliss’s re­place­ment. Ap­point­ing him is Ashley Giles’s first big de­ci­sion since re­plac­ing An­drew Strauss as di­rec­tor of cricket and, while he al­ways wanted to ap­point an English­man, he knows he has taken a gam­ble on an in­ex­pe­ri­enced coach at in­ter­na­tional level. Giles in­sisted, how­ever, he had found the man to help Eng­land re­gain the Ashes.

“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 white-ball tour­na­ments,” said Giles.

Sil­ver­wood is only the se­cond English­man to coach the Test team in al­most 20 years, a pe­riod that in­cluded two stints by Peter Moores.

He was cho­sen ahead of the far more ex­pe­ri­enced Gary Kirsten, who boasted a glittering CV af­ter work­ing with the best play­ers in the world and guid­ing In­dia and South Africa to the top of the Test rank­ings. He also led South Africa to a Test se­ries win in Aus­tralia, the ul­ti­mate tar­get for Sil­ver­wood, and won the 2011 World Cup with In­dia.

But Kirsten’s dis­ap­point­ing in­ter­view with Giles last week led Eng­land to doubt his credential­s for the job, hav­ing been ex­cited that he had shown an in­ter­est. They were con­cerned he had fallen out of touch with the mod­ern in­ter­na­tional game af­ter six years in fran­chise cricket, and were put off by de­mands over spend­ing time with his fam­ily and re­luc­tance to en­gage with the me­dia.

Sil­ver­wood’s en­thu­si­asm for the role and his knowl­edge of the county game nosed him ahead af­ter the round of in­ter­views. Bayliss had lit­tle knowl­edge of county cricket

and Kirsten would also have had to play catch-up but Sil­ver­wood al­ready has strong con­nec­tions with county direc­tors of cricket and should be able to close the gap be­tween the na­tional side and the do­mes­tic game.

He has worked qui­etly in the back­ground since he started as Eng­land bowl­ing coach af­ter the Ashes in Aus­tralia in Jan­uary 2018. He left his role as head coach at Es­sex months af­ter win­ning the County Cham­pi­onship to put him­self in a po­si­tion to re­place Bayliss and that am­bi­tion has paid off. Dur­ing that time, he has built a good re­la­tion­ship with the Test cap­tain, fel­low York­shire­man Joe Root.

What is not known is whether he has the force of per­son­al­ity to bring about change within a Test team who have strug­gled for con­sis­tency, de­vel­oped a habit of be­ing bowled out very cheaply, ap­pear con­fused about how to ap­proach Test cricket and still rely heav­ily on James An­der­son and Stu­art Broad.

Whereas Kirsten has years of ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with the best all over the world, Sil­ver­wood has spent his ca­reer in the English game, apart from a short stint coach­ing in Zim­babwe, and lacks a track record of suc­cess in Asia or Aus­tralia.

Bayliss’s laid-back style worked with a strong cap­tain such as Mor­gan but Root was of­ten left iso­lated and in need of more sup­port when the Test side strug­gled, par­tic­u­larly over­seas. Sil­ver­wood has been in the sys­tem long enough to recog­nise the weak­nesses that need ad­dress­ing and those close to him say he has the ruth­less edge to make tough de­ci­sions. He is also re­spected for his strong work ethic and me­thod­i­cal ap­proach to the job.

He will give a press con­fer­ence on Thurs­day when he will share some of the ideas that won him the job. Sil­ver­wood has not signed a set con­tract and in­stead is a staff em­ployee of the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board.

‘Chris has some de­tailed thoughts on what it will take to win the Ashes in Aus­tralia’

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