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England’s new head coach Chris Silverwood steps up to plate

Quick thinking: Silverwood (left) with bowler Jofra Archer PICTURE: GETTY

ENGLAND are backing Chris Silverwood to get the best out of the national team in both Test cricket and the white-ball arena after appointing him as 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.

While former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten and Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart had been leading contenders to succeed the Australian, Silverwood got the nod from the three-man England & Wales Cricket Board selection panel made up of chief executive Tom Harrison, managing director Ashley Giles and head of coach development John Neal.

The former Middlesex and Yorkshire paceman, who played in six Tests and seven one-day internationals, will be in the hot-seat for the winter trips to New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka. 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 then failed to win an Ashes series on home soil for the first time since 2001. Following a greater emphasis on limited-over cricket during the four-year cycle overseen by Bayliss, Giles has already indicated the balance will be tipped back towards Test cricket. Giles said: ‘We have gone through a thorough process and Chris was the stand-out candidate.

‘His intimate understanding of our structures and systems and his close relationships with Test captain Joe Root and white-ball captain Eoin Morgan 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 detailed thoughts on what it will take to win the Ashes in Australia and win major ICC white-ball tournaments.

‘His highest quality is that he is a winner and that will be an important part of the job as we strive to become the most respected team in the world across all formats.’