Reaction: Chris Silverwood’s appointment as England Cricket head coach

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England have appointed Chris Silverwood, as successor to Trevor Bayliss as head coach of the England men’s cricket team.

The 44-year-old former Middlesex, Yorkshire and England fast bowler has been promoted from his role as England bowling coach and takes over from Trevor Bayliss, who left the role after The Ashes after four years in charge.

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 for an interview but withdrew because of the demands of the schedule.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Giles said “Chris demonstrated in his interview a clear understanding and strategy of how both the red- and white- ball teams need to evolve.

“He has some detailed thoughts on what it will take to win the Ashes in Australia and win major ICC white-ball tournaments.

“I believe he is what we need to take our international teams forward. He is somebody we know well, but it is his intimate understanding of our structures and systems and his close relationships with Test captain Joe Root and white-ball captain Eoin Morgan that will help us develop our plans for the next few years.

“Ultimately, his highest quality is that he is a winner and that will be an important part of the job as we look to strive to become the most respected team in the world across all formats.”

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Silverwood’s first task since being appointed as head coach will be the tour within New Zealand later this month, before trips to South Africa and Sri Lanka in the winter. England’s primary focus may be returning to Test cricket after the summer’s one-day success but there are also T20 World Cups in 2020 and 2021 that will targeted and on Silverwood’s mind.

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