Sri Lanka appoint ex-England coach on two-year deal

Sri Lanka have appointed Chris Silverwood as their men’s head coach.

Former bowler Silverwood left his two-year role as head coach of England men in February following the heavy Ashes defeat in Australia.

He was previously in charge at Essex, who he led to their first County Championship title in 25 years in 2017.

Silverwood has signed a two-year deal with Sri Lanka and will take charge of the side for their two-Test tour of Bangladesh in May.

“I am very excited to be on board with Sri Lanka,” Silverwood said.

“They have a talented and passionate group of players and I am really looking forward to meeting up with the players and coaching staff very soon.”

Silverwood, 47, was previously England’s bowling coach before he replaced Trevor Bayliss in 2019.

However, England particularly struggled in Test cricket during his tenure, including a 4-0 thrashing in the Ashes.

Sri Lanka are seventh in the world Test rankings and were beaten 2-0 in their recent series against India.

They have been without a full-time head coach since Mickey Arthur left in December.

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“Chris is an extremely experienced coach and from our discussions with him it is clear he has the required qualities we are looking for to take the team forward,” added Ashley de Silva, chief executive of Sri Lanka Cricket.

Chris Silverwood: Ex-England head coach takes charge of Sri Lanka on two-year contract
Chris Silverwood was sacked as England head coach following the 4-0 Ashes defeat to Australia; the 47-year-old has signed a two-year contract with Sri Lanka, who face Bangladesh in a two-Test series next month
Former England head coach Chris Silverwood has been appointed as head coach of Sri Lanka on a two-year contract.

Sri Lanka have been without a full-time head coach since Mickey Arthur stepped down late last year.

“I am very excited to be on board with Sri Lanka and I cannot wait to get over to Colombo and get started,” Silverwood said.

“They have a talented and passionate group of players and I am really looking forward to meeting up with the players and coaching staff very soon.”

Silverwood was sacked by England in February after they lost the Ashes series in Australia 4-0. He previously worked as England’s bowling coach under Trevor Bayliss before succeeding him as men’s coach in October 2019.

The Yorkshireman, who played six Tests and seven ODIs for England, had previously guided Essex first to promotion to Division One of the County Championship and then to the title.

But he could not replicate that success with England and his exit came after a year in which his side lost nine of their 15 Tests, including series defeats away to India and at home to New Zealand.

The Covid-19 pandemic brought unexpected challenges but his reign became associated with batting collapses and a consistent failure to deliver big first-innings runs.

Despite those disappointments, Silverwood was able to convince Sri Lanka he was the right man to replace Mickey Arthur, who left the Lions in November to become Derbyshire’s head of cricket.

Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley De Silva said: “We are delighted to appoint Chris as the new head coach of the national team.

“He is an extremely experienced coach and from our discussions with him in the recruitment process it is clear he has the required qualities we are looking for to take the team forward.”

Silverwood’s first assignment with Sri Lanka will be a two-Test series in Bangladesh next month.

Sri Lanka on Saturday announced the appointment of former England men’s team head coach, Chris Silverwood as the head coach of their senior national men’s team on a 2-year contract. Silverwood’s first assignment with Sri Lanka will be a 2-Test series in Bangladesh in May.

Silverwood was sacked by England after Joe Root’s men were hammered 0-4 in the Ashes in Australia earlier this year. Sri Lanka have been without a full-time coach after Mickey Arthur left the role in November last year.

Silverwood was appointed as Head Coach of England’s Men’s team in October 2019, having previously been the England Men’s bowling coach working under then Head Coach Trevor Bayliss when England won the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Silverwood played six Tests and seven ODIs for England and played county cricket for Yorkshire and Middlesex.

The 47-year-old English tactician had a tough job in hand as Sri Lanka are on a slide across all formats of the game. The islanders were outclassed 2-0 in a recently-concluded Test series in India following before which they were blanked 3-0 in a T20I series.

SILVERWOOD EXCITED
Silverwood said he is looking forward to get down to Colombo and start working with the talented bunch of Sri Lanka cricketers after the appointment was made official.

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