Chris Silverwood is to be appointed England’s new head coach after winning a tight race to replace Trevor Bayliss.
Silverwood‘s promotion from bowling coach sees England revert to an English coach after four years of Bayliss, an Australian, in charge and top of his list of priorities will be to improve the side’s Test cricket.
Silverwood has long been a favourite choice of Ashley Giles, the director of cricket, but the emergence last week of Gary Kirsten as a serious candidate for the job appeared to dent his chances.
Kirsten was in pole position for the job when he indicated he was willing to lead both the Test and ODi sides after previously indicating he was only interested in a split coaching role.
Kirsten’s impressive CV, which includes taking India and South Africa to no 1 in the Test rankings and India to the 2011 World Cup, would have made his appointment a major coup for Giles and the ECB were delighted when he agreed to fly over for talks last week. He met with Giles and Tom Harrison, the chief executive as the search for a new coach stepped up.