Friday, 03 February 2023

Silverwood steps down as England Men's cricket coach post

Silverwood steps down as England Men's cricket coach post

Chris Silverwood, England cricket coach, stepped down from his position, becoming the second most significant departure amid the fallout from the team's shame Ashes series loss in Australia.

On Wednesday, Ashley Giles, cricket director of England, left his role in the wake of the men's team losing test series 4-0 to Australia in Australia.

Chris Silverwood said.

"Last two years have been too difficult, but I have enjoyed my time with the team,"

"I leave with good memories, and I am now looking forward to spending some great time at home with my family and friends and embracing the next chapter."

A temporary coach will be appointed ahead of next month's three tests in the West Indies.

Silverwood steps down as England Men cricket coach post 1Twitter image: @ICC

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ECB chief executive officer Tom Harrison said.

"During his tenure in the role, Chris Silverwood has given absolutely everything to make a success of it,"

"He is a great honor man, who players and staff alike have enjoyed working with.

"Under Chris Silverwood, Men's white-ball teams have been ranked first and second in the world, while he also led the Test team to several series wins including away in Series in Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Chris Silverwood led the England Men's team with excellent resilience and empathy through an incredibly challenging time 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 leading 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 was 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.

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