Chris Silverwood: Why have England named him new head coach?

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From Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport
When theres a degree of surprise in the appointment of Chris Silverwood as England head coach, maybe we havent been listening closely enough to Ashley Giles.
For all the talk of Gary Kirsten seeming like a shoo-in as recently as last weeks beginning, Giles – the man for its hiring of their man – was open since he became director of cricket December.
He explained he spoke up the credentials in February of Silverwood and subsequently had a taste for appointing an Englishman.
Does that mean that Silverwood, who has been fast-bowling trainer under Trevor Bayliss, would be the person for the job?
Some might be underwhelmed to promote from within, feeling that England Evaluation staff is yelling for a fresh voice.
Silverwood doesnt come with the pedigree of Southern African Kirsten, who has been in control of India and led his country to number one when they won the 2011 World Cup.
Neither does he have the standing in the game of Alec Stewart, the former England captain who might well have the job had not withdrawn from the reckoning late in the recruiting procedure.
Its Surrey manager of cricket Stewart who has helped manage the development of the likes of Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Rory Burns and Sam Curran, on whom the future of the England Test team may be constructed.
However, 44-year-old Silverwood, that played six Tests for England between 2002 and 1996, does come with an outstanding record in cricket.
When he took temporary control of Essex, promoted by assistant trainer they sat sixth in Division Two.
The 2015 seasons month saw them climb to next party and was enough to convince a panel that included former England captain Graham Gooch to provide the occupation on a full-time foundation to Silverwood.
In 2016, Essex were promoted from Division Two. In 2017they had been crowned county champions for the first time in 25 decades.
And though his post was taken up by Silverwood in 2018 with England, Essex were assembled on what he set in place.
Under Anthony McGrath, this season they did the dual of the T20 Blast and the County Championship.
Maybe a foreign name would have been sexier – there seems to be an attitude throughout British game that foreign achievements carry more weight than those on these beaches – but Silverwood has completed as much as anyone currently working at the English game to show himself worthy of leading the national group.
There is also the kudos that comes with being a part of the coaching team that delivered the World Cup.
Silverwood is popular with the players – that a variety of media interviews have been interrupted when he explodes by, attempting to disrupt proceedings using distraction or a joke.
His time as part of Bayliss team implies he has an insight into what is needed to improve the Evaluation side and keep the side that is white-ball at the level which left them world champions that are 50-over.
But hes forged connections with Eoin Morgan and captains Joe Root and, in Morgans event, was a team-mate at Middlesex 10 decades ago.
His experience of county cricket – a thing that some of the names related to the job lacked – will even stand him.
Bayliss declared the gulf in standard between the worldwide and domestic games as he left, the pitches county cricket is played , and also the demand for the England and Wales Cricket Board and counties to work together.
So, when Giles claims that Silverwoods relationships with county coaches and directors of all cricket will bevaluable, it seems like Bayliss message was heard.
Upon Bayliss passing, we were left to ponder whether the Australians reign had been a victory.
Yes, he delivered that the World Cup English cricket craved, but the Evaluation team stood still, or went backward under his view.
The answer is in the middle. With no fair about the Test side you can not charge Bayliss for the World Cup.
Silverwoods tenure will give us a better comprehension of Bayliss legacy. Is it possible for England to enhance Test cricket and also maintain their white-ball cricket at this a benchmark that is stellar?
Can one person, in charge of the team that performs more, travels furthest and spends nights away in the home compared to all other people keep his eye on a single series while at precisely exactly the exact same time planning for the tour or tournament?
Indeed, some of the boils down to the question of what exactly does an coach really do?
To get Bayliss, it had been about providing the players freedom and the confidence to thrive. It functioned in the game, but not at the Test arena.
Further back, the prescriptive approach and preparation of Andy Flower made England the very best Test team in the world.
Wherever Silverwood stays on that spectrum, there are crucial results which he is going to be judged.
Together with the house World Cup won, there is the explanation for cricket being a diversion to the Test side.
Giles has stated that therell be a focus on cricket and in the subsequent two and a half a year there are the goals of the World Test Championship and winning the Ashes in Australia.
They might need to be achieved without either or both of old firm pair James Anderson and Stuart Broad, every much nearer than the beginning to the conclusion of their careers.
Theres also the opportunity to perform a double that is limited-overs using the World Cup at the Twenty20 World Cup towards the end of the next year to defend at 2023.
It might be argued that Kirsten had the tools to accomplish some of these jobs. His World Cup victory with India was in India and his South Africa side won at 2012-13 in Australia.
Nonetheless, in making his main appointment to date (and maybe the greatest he will make as manager of cricket), Giles stated that Silverwoodhas some detailed ideas on what it takes to win the Ashes in Australia and acquire major white-ball tournaments.
Giles isnt a fool. He knows he will judged this choice above all others.
Not only that, but for only the second Englishman within 20 years to become England coach (Peter Moores did it double at that time) is both refreshing and tinged with danger for those from the domestic game who wish to follow Silverwood.
If it goes well, the doorway will be offered to others. You can bet that the next trainer can come from further afield, if it goes badly.
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