Chris Silverwood has been backed to succeed as England head coach by Cheltenham Secretary and all round cricket expert Geoff Trett, who feels feeling the former Middlesex, Yorkshire and England fast bowler is undoubtedly the right man to lead England.
“He’s a very good choice to succeed (Trevor) Bayliss. I think the most important thing is that he has a proven track record with high success at country cricket and he knows the county game in side out, with the fact he led Essex to their first County Championship title in 25 years speaking volumes in itself. “
Silverwood has been appointed to take over from Trevor Bayliss, who left the job after four years at the conclusion of the tied Ashes series this summer.
Silverwood, who led Essex to the county championship title as head coach in 2017 – was the unanimous choice of the ECB selection panel, which consisted of chief executive officer Tom Harrison, managing director of England’s Men’s Cricket Ashley Giles and head of coach development John Neal.
Former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten was linked with the England head coach’s role, while ex-England captain Alec Stewart was invited to a final interview but withdrew because of the demands of the schedule.
Trett believes Silverwood’s positive approach will effect upon the squad, although he concedes there will be still be doubts whether he is the right person to successfully lead England into a new era.
“When at Essex, he was extremely good at recovering losing situations and he will be able to instill this resilience and self belief upon the national squad. He has an extremely positive approach although the question that will remain is that he has not managed at National level, which is entirely different to County level but I’m confident he is capable of being a successful head coach for England”
Discussing Silverwood’s immediate priorities as head coach, Trett alluded to Ashley Giles, England’s director of cricket, emphasis on improving red ball cricket and test cricket ability.
“After drawing the Ashes, England are in a rebuilding process with more of a focus on test cricket. Silverwood will be aiming to build a competitive team over the next few years.
“But overall he is undoubtedly a great choice who’ll instill a good culture within the squad”
Under Bayliss, England won the 50-over World Cup this summer for the first time but Australia retained the Ashes courtesy of a 2-2 draw in England.
Silverwood will take charge for England’s tour of New Zealand starting next month, when they play five Twenty20s and two Tests.