Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Chris Silverwood removed as England coach as post-Ashes cleanup continues. Chris Silverwood had taken over as the head of England men's team in 2019
Chris Silverwood had taken over as the head of England men's team in 2019
England have parted ways with head coach Chris Silverwood, the latest to be let go in the wake of the team's shoddy showing in the men's Ashes series. Silverwood departed the team a day after his old boss, Ashley Giles, was removed as managing director of England men's cricket.
Andrew Strauss, the new interim director of cricket, will appoint a caretaker coach with a Test tour of the West Indies imminent.
“During his time in the role Chris has given absolutely everything to make a success of it. He is a man of great integrity, who players and staff alike have enjoyed working with,” ECB CEO Tom Harrison said.
“Under Chris, England Men's white ball teams have been ranked first and second in the world while he also led the Test team to a number of series wins including away in South Africa and Sri Lanka. He has led the England Men's team with great resilience and empathy through an incredibly challenging period for English cricket, and he deserves our sincere thanks and gratitude.”
Silverwood, 46, joined England's coaching setup as the bowling coach in January 2018 after having led Essex to the County Championship the previous summer. He then succeeded Trevor Bayliss as the head coach following the summer of 2019 in which England won the World Cup but were unable to prize home the Ashes.
Under him, England won a Test series in South Africa, won the home series against West Indies and Pakistan in 2020 and then in Sri Lanka at the turn of 2021. But the pandemic and the bio-bubble enforced decision to manage player workloads meant England didn't always play their strongest XI at all times. And it resulted in the team losing a record nine Tests in the calendar year, including series defeats versus India, New Zealand and Australia.
“The last two years have been very demanding but I have really enjoyed my time with the team and working with Rooty and Morgs, and I am very proud of this group considering the challenges,” Silverwood said. “I leave with fond memories and I am now looking forward to spending some quality time at home with my family and embracing the next chapter.
“It's been an absolute honour to be England Head Coach, and I'm extremely proud to have worked alongside our players and staff. I want to thank them all for the hard work and commitment they have given during my time in the role and I wish them all the very best moving forward.”