Chris Silverwood tasked with regaining Ashes as he is named new England head coach – The Sun

CHRIS SILVERWOOD will today be named England cricket’s new head coach.

Silverwood takes charge of both England’s red and white-ball teams with the long-term goal of regaining the Ashes in 2021-22.

His first mission will be five T20s and two Tests in New Zealand, for which England depart on October 21.

Silverwood is likely to retain batting coach Graham Thorpe and fielding guru Paul Collingwood as key figures in his back-room team.

He will appoint a new fast bowling coach to fill his current role, with Ottis Gibson a contender having done the job twice before.

Silverwood has a close relationship with Test captain Joe Root, which counted in his favour as England look to prioritise red-ball cricket.

The former Yorkshire and England speedster made no secret of his ambition when interviewed by team supremo Ashley Giles and feels he has the personality to maintain the relaxed environment generated under Trevor Bayliss.


He also believes he can tinker with certain areas of Test match preparation and strategy to improve fortunes on the field.

A statement confirming Silverwood’s appointment is planned this morning.

Silverwood, 44, who coached Essex to the County Championship in 2017, was always the strongest candidate if Giles decided to appoint an Englishman or from inside the dressing room.

He swept past ex-India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten as favourite to take over from Bayliss.

Kirsten flew to the UK on Monday but failed to impress in his interview, with the response said to be lukewarm.

There were also concerns he has not coached an international team for six years.

In addition, Kirsten has been reluctant to be away from home for long periods and his knowledge of county cricket is also sparse.

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