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Chris Silverwood ‘thrilled’ to land England coaching role

ENGLAND have appointed Chris Silverwood as their new head coach.

The 44-year-old has been promoted following a two-year spell as fast bowling coach under Trevor Bayliss, who ended his tenure at the helm of England last month following the expiry of his contract.

Silverwood (pictured), a former Middlesex and Yorkshire paceman whose international career comprised of six Tests and seven one-day internationals, will be in the hot seat for the upcoming tour of New Zealand before further trips to South Africa and Sri Lanka this winter.

He said: ‘I am thrilled and honoured to be appointed England head coach.’

‘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.’

Before joining England’s backroom staff in late 2017, Silverwood presided over County Championship triumphs in both divisions with Essex.

He takes over a side that went all the way in the World Cup this summer but one that failed to win an Ashes series on home soil for the first time since 2001.

Silverwood becomes just the second Englishman to take sole charge of the national side since 1999.