Chris Silverwood will appoint Paul Collingwood as England cricket looks to keep it in the family
One of Chris Silverwood’s first steps as England head coach will be to appoint Paul Collingwood as a full-time member of a backroom team with a strong English identity.
Collingwood has worked with England on a contractual basis for the past 12 months but had to apply for a full-time role advertised in August. He will land that job now and join Graham Thorpe as one of Silverwood’s assistants, with both expected to be given more responsibility in a coaching team who have a very familiar look to the one led by Trevor Bayliss.
Silverwood will also look to appoint a full-time bowling coach, a position left vacant after his own promotion, but this is unlikely to happen until after the New Zealand tour next month, with an interim to be used for that trip, possibly from within the county game.
Silverwood was yesterday named as the replacement for Bayliss, becoming only the second Englishman to coach the Test team in almost 20 years, a period that included two stints by Peter Moores.
He was chosen ahead of the far more experienced Gary Kirsten, who boasted a glittering CV after working with the best players in the world and guiding India and South Africa to the top of the Test rankings. He also led South Africa to a Test series win in Australia, the ultimate target for Silverwood, and won the 2011 World Cup with India.