Chris Silverwood preached a return to the old-fashioned values of batting time and relentlessness with the ball as the new England men’s coach outlined his vision of a Test team who can regain the Ashes in two years’ time. The 44-year-old Yorkshireman, who steps up from the role of England’s bowling coach following a title-winning spell in charge at Essex, was presented at Lord’s on Thursday. Ashley Giles, the director of cricket who appointed him, praised an “outstanding” home-grown coach whose strong relationships can link up the national team with the domestic game and make them “the most respected” in the world. Silverwood, who said he hopes his elevation inspires other English coaches, sets out towards this lofty goal with a tour to New Zealand that departs at the end of the month. A deliberately raw squad play five Twenty20 games – the start of the road to the World Cup in Australia next year – before Joe Root’s Test side, now fourth in the rankings, face a two-match series and then four in South Africa after Christmas. With the white-ball set-up so well grooved after the summer’s 50-over World Cup win and Eoin Morgan’s recommitment to the captaincy, Giles… Read full this story
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