Chris Silverwood has been appointed England men's team head coach in a promotion from his earlier role as the bowling coach with the team. He will lead the side across all formats and takes over from Trevor Bayliss who quit the job at the end of the 2019 season.
Silverwood had emerged as the front runner for the job after former England captain Alec Stewart, who was in contention, pulled out and Gary Kirsten, former India coach, was also interviewed.
Silverwood's first series at the helm will be England's tour of New Zealand, which will see them play a five-match T20I series starting 1 November and two Tests against the Black Caps from 21 November.
"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," Silverwood said. "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."
Silverwood had become England's full-time fast bowling coach at the end of 2017 and has been part of the setup for the past two seasons, including in the victorious World Cup campaign.
Silverwood impressed England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) selection panel comprising CEO Tom Harrison, Managing Director of England's Men's Cricket Ashley Giles and Head of Coach Development John Neal in his interview and thanks to his intimate knowledge of the current set-up and systems.
"I believe he is what we need to take our international teams forward," Giles said. "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.
"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 some detailed thoughts on what it will take to win the Ashes in Australia and win major ICC white-ball tournaments."
Giles also stated Silverwood's relationships with county coaches and directors of cricket would be "invaluable".
"Having led Essex to the County Championship title in 2017, his legacy is very much in evidence this campaign, which saw Essex win the domestic double of the Specsavers County Championship and the Vitality Blast," Giles said. "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."
Former England player, Silverwood played six Tests and seven ODIs between 1996 and 2002 and spent 13 years playing county cricket for Yorkshire and three seasons at Middlesex. In that time, he took 577 first-class wickets at an average of 27.41.
After his retirement, Silverwood joined the coaching staff at Essex in 2010. He was appointed the head coach ahead of the 2016 season, leading them to promotion and then on to the Championship title the following year.
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