After much speculation, England announced Chris Silverwood as the head coach on Monday. Silverwood replaces Trevor Bayliss, who stepped down at the end of the home season.
The 44-year-old has been the bowling coach of England for the last two years. His first competitive series will be England’s tour of New Zealand later this month which includes a five-match Twenty20 series starting in November and two Tests against the Black Caps.
Here are some facts on England’s new head coach:
- Silverwood has played 6 Tests and 7 one-day internationals for England from 1996 till 2002.
- A fast bowler from Yorkshire, he represented his native county for over a decade and helped them win a first County Championship title in 33 years in 2001.
- In 2009-10, Silverwood was offered the role of player-coach at Zimbabwe franchise Mashonaland Eagles where he played two matches, but later decided to focus on coaching. His side went onto win the inaugural Logan Cup.
- He was also the fast-bowling coach at Essex from 2010-2015. Essex were relegated from Division One of the County Championship in his first year at the club. Silverwood spent the following five seasons in Division Two.
- After working with the England Lions over the 2015-16 winter, Silverwood was elevated to the role of permanent head coach at Essex in 2016-17.
- After working with England’s ODI side at the back end of 2017, Silverwood replaced Ottis Gibson in the role of fast-bowling coach at the end of the 2017-18 Ashes.
- He retired from playing aged 34 in 2009 with 577 first-class wickets under his belt.