Chris Silverwood, England’s new head coach, has singled out winning back the Ashes from Australia as his number one priority. Addressing the media for the first time since being elevated from his post as bowling coach, he said his attention will be on beefing up the support around Joe Root, England’s Test captain, in the coming year.
“Job number one is helping Joe — we’ve got a lot of support around Joe, but to keep moving forward so that in two years’ time we can go to Australia and make a real impact,” Silverwood said on Thursday (October 10).
“I think (there’s a good) relationship between myself and the two captains (Root and Eoin Morgan), and I’ve got a strong relationship with all the players and backroom staff.”
Silverwood, who was chosen for the role, among a slew of high-profile candidates for the job, will have to find a way to fix England’s batting woes in order to find success as a Test side. He believes the way to do that would be to find the right players for the right positions.
“The step up, obviously there’s going to be a lot more responsibility, obviously I’ve got to deal with you guys [the media] a lot more, which is fine, that is something I will feel my way into, but from a relationship point of view, not a lot will change,” he said. “I will have to step back a little bit, but equally, I want them [players] to know I am available and accessible to them as well.
“I’ve already got some very good coaches around me, which is key for me as well, and some good people out there to give advice, but equally we’ll be looking to put the right people in the right places in that batting line-up and push the Test team forward.”