Chris Silverwood has landed the hottest job in cricket being selected as the new head coach for the England cricket team following exit of Trevor Bayliss.
Silverwood beat a number of competitive candidates including former South Africa player and Coach Gary Kirsten who did not quite impress in the interview process. Yorkshire man Chris Silverwood has already been involved in the England set up as both coach and player; he was the bowling coach for this summer’s heroics as well as representing England at test and ODI level.
This change of leadership comes following Trevor Bayliss’s decision to step down as head coach after 4 years in charge. Bayliss achieved some great things with England winning an Ashes series, destroying a solid India test team reaching a t/20 final and most notably leading the team to their first ODI world cup victory in dramatic fashion. Trevor’s success has undeniably set a platform for Silverwood to build on.
The former Essex has said he is “thrilled and honoured” to be taking the reins at England and says that “England have enormous potential for growth”. Questions have been asked over the summer in terms of the solidity of England’s test set up but the 44 year old was quick to talk about his aims for that certain area. He said “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” this comment was sure to excite England fans who were disappointed with the narrow ashes defeat in the summer.
Ashley Giles, England men’s cricket managing director spoke highly of the appointment of Chris Silverwood. The 46 year old said “Chris demonstrated in his interview a clear understanding and strategy of how both the red- and white- ball teams need to evolve” and followed by saying “He has some detailed thoughts on what it will take to win the Ashes in Australia and win major ICC white-ball tournaments.”