England have appointed Chris Silverwood as their new head coach.
The 44-year-old has spent the past two years serving as fast bowling coach under Trevor Bayliss, who stepped down last month at the end of his contract.
While former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten and Surrey’s director of cricket Alec Stewart emerged as contenders to succeed the Australian,
Silverwood was described as the “outstanding candidate” by a three-man England and Wales Cricket Board selection panel.
Silverwood said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be appointed England head coach.
“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.
“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.”
Managing director of England men’s cricket Ashley Giles, who was on the selection panel, cited Silverwood’s knowledge of the current set-up as a factor.
“We are delighted to confirm Chris as England men’s head coach. We have gone through a thorough process and looked at all the options that were available to us. Chris was the standout candidate,” he said.
“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.
“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.”
National selector Ed Smith is backing Jonny Bairstow to bounce back and have a very good career in Test cricket despite being dropped from the England Test squad for the tour of New Zealand.
The wicket-keeper batsman has averaged 20.25 in red-ball cricket for England this year and scored only one half-century in the Ashes.
It has resulted in the Yorkshire player missing out on a place in Joe Root’s 15-man squad, which contains uncapped foursome Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson.
Jos Buttler will don the gloves while Surrey’s Ollie Pope will return to the middle-order after two tests against India in August 2018.
England play five Twenty20s in New Zealand, which Bairstow will be involved in, but with the two Tests not counting towards Test Championship points, the selectors have used these games as a chance to look at others.
“Jonny is a very talented cricketer and we believe he has the potential to be a top, top player in Test cricket for England,” Smith said.
“He has played a lot, in all forms with a very hectic schedule and it’s an opportunity for him to reset and work on one or two things.
“If I was asked to give a prediction, my prediction is he will come back stronger and have a very good England career in Test cricket in the future.”
Bairstow’s omission will not be the only change to the team which defeated Australia at the Oval in the fifth Ashes Test to draw the series 2-2.
Warwickshire opener Sibley is expected to open alongside Rory Burns, while Joe Denly should bat at three after captain Root asked to return to his favoured position of four.
Smith explained: “We feel as selectors very comfortable supporting Joe’s decision to bat at four.
“We obviously work very closely with the captain, he wants to bat four, we want to support that so we want to develop a top three to support Joe’s desire to bat at four.”
Given Eoin Morgan had a World Cup to prepare for and Root had the Ashes, the two England captains have not had many chances to witness the best players coming through on the county circuit this summer.
Despite this, Smith revealed the pair were a big part of the selection process of the Test and T20 squads, after receiving information from him and fellow selector James Taylor as well as England’s batting and bowling coaches Graham Thorpe and Chris Silverwood.
“Joe and Eoin have been very involved, even though they have had a long summer,” Smith said. “We wanted to give them all the information we could obviously from our own eyes and from the scouts.
“Even though they are both out of the country currently, they have been peppered with phone calls. The specialist coaches were involved and the same applies to Graham Thorpe and Chris Silverwood.”
Sibley and Crawley are rewarded with Test call-ups after excellent County Championship seasons for Warwickshire and Kent respectively.
“It’s a thrill to have it confirmed and to be going away with England to New Zealand is really pleasing. We’ll see how it goes out there and hopefully I will get a Test match,” Sibley said.
Crawley admitted to expecting a Lions rather than a Test call-up, but added: “It was an amazing phone call to get. Once he said I was picked in the full squad I kind of zoned out for a few seconds and wasn’t totally sure what he was saying for a moment, but Ed was very positive and I can’t wait to get going.”
Mahmood and Parkinson have enjoyed more success in white-ball cricket for Lancashire, which has resulted in them being part of Morgan’s T20 squad, but they will remain in New Zealand after the five T20s are over and be part of the Test set-up with England thinking “long-term.”
Parkinson found out the news via his team-mate Mahmood shouting down to him from the balcony mid-match.
“I’m very happy and proud, and it’s an amazing way to finish the season,” he said.
Jason Roy is not part of either squad, but Smith insisted that was down to an “incredibly hectic summer” which also explains why Jofra Archer, Root, Ben Stokes, Buttler and Moeen Ali will not play in the five T20 internationals.
With the T20 World Cup just over a year away, Morgan will cast his eye over Somerset batsman Tom Banton and Worcestershire fast bowler Pat Brown against the Black Caps.
England will be without James Anderson, Mark Wood and Olly Stone for the Tests in New Zealand due to injury, but they may be part of a bowling camp which will act as preparation for the winter tour to South Africa.
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England kick-started a new era on Monday with a number of new faces in the touring party to New Zealand and some notable absentees.
The most unexpected was Jonny Bairstow not being part of the 15-man Test squad, after a poor run of form with the bat which dates back to the start of the year.
Jos Buttler will take over as England’s wicketkeeper-batsmen and bat at seven in a new-look batting line-up for the two red-ball matches against the Black Caps.
With captain Joe Root back in his preferred position of number four, Joe Denly will drop to three and Rory Burns’ latest opening partner will be Dominic Sibley, who made his first-class debut alongside the Surrey captain in September 2013.
Sibley, 24, permanently left the Oval ahead of the 2018 season and moved to Warwickshire, where this season’s tally of 1,324 runs in County Championship Division One is unrivalled and he should get the nod in New Zealand ahead of fellow new face Zak Crawley of Kent.
Lower down the order – most likely behind Ben Stokes at five – will be Ollie Pope, who scored 221 not out for Surrey against Hampshire last month and gave the selectors a timely reminder of his quality which saw him picked for two Tests against India in August 2018.
“It is the start of a new cycle. With Trevor (Bayliss) leaving, it’s an opportunity for English cricket to look ahead. It’s a strong Test squad, but there is an eye on the future clearly,” England’s national selector Ed Smith said.
“Dom Sibley has shown a number of qualities you look for in an opening batsmen. He has batted a lot of time and scored a serious weight of runs.
“Zak Crawley has not yet produced the raw numbers Dom has this year. However, he has impressed everyone – opponents, team-mates and everyone at the Lions – with his class, attitude and character.”
Pope, who will also be reserve wicketkeeper in New Zealand, dislocated his left shoulder in April, but returned ahead of schedule and this alongside his runs saw the 21-year-old earn a recall to the Test squad.
Smith added: “It is pretty obvious when you pick someone at 20 you think they are going to be a very good player, but Ollie’s numbers are absolutely outstanding.
“Also as a person, the way he responded to a very serious injury by doing everything possible to get back as soon as he could and actually to get back in better shape then before he was injured is very typical of him.
“We are excited about Ollie Pope’s future and as we are looking to identify people with the DNA of a Test player, he is very much the type of player we want to give opportunities to.”
England’s long-term goal in red-ball cricket is to win back the Ashes in the 2021-20 series in Australia and the inclusion of Lancashire bowlers Matt Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood in the Test squad, with James Anderson and Mark Wood out injured, is with an eye on the future.
Leg-spinner Parkinson was described as a “feisty competitor” by Smith and backed to “relish the new challenge” while county colleague Mahmood, who has regularly hit 90mph speeds, was labelled as “someone who can bring a different dimension.”
Both are part of Eoin Morgan’s Twenty20 squad for the tour of New Zealand and seem more likely to make their England debuts in that five-match series, compared to the longer form of the game.
Somerset’s exciting wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Banton also travels alongside bowler Pat Brown of Worcestershire and the former – who scored 549 runs in the Vitality Blast – will aim to take his opportunity with the T20 World Cup coming up late next year.
“Banton is a very difficult batsman to keep quiet and he has played some dominant innings,” Smith said. “We believe he is the type of player who fits into an Eoin Morgan team.”