Ashley Giles
Ashley Giles (AFP Photo)

England are considering appointing Chris Silverwood as the new head coach replacing Trevor Bayliss who will step down in September with Ashley Giles indicating he wants one-man for the top job across formats.

Giles, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director, feels a single person to oversee the national team help in developing a culture apart from a providing a stability.

“I’ll put my cards on the table: my feelings now are 99.9% that we should have one head coach,” Giles said. “It has been very much front and centre of everything I think about – it is such a big decision. One coach gives us stability in culture as well as in voice.”

South Africa coach Ottis Gibson and current head coach of Pakistan Mickey Arthur are reportedly among the candidates but Silverwood’s ‘remarkable’ work with English county team Essex tips the balance in his favour.

Silverwood secured Essex’s promotion in 2016 and in the following year guided them to County Championship, their first title since 1992. Currently, he’s associated with the national team as the bowling coach.

“I think Chris Silverwood would be one of them, which is pleasing because there would be a concern that we just have to go outside. We see the same names being bandied around – some very good coaches – but having seen what he did at Essex, it was a remarkable turnaround. They were a bit of a shambles and he came in and in two years turned them around completely. He’s a tough bloke, has got a fair amount of discipline and communicates really well,” Giles said.

He continued, “Nationality doesn’t matter – we need the best person. But it would be nice at some point for us to have an English head coach. We’ve had one absolute head coach [Peter Moores] in 20 years and he’s done it twice. That is not great for coach development.”