- Ashley Giles says appointment of Chris Silverwood took a ‘couple of long days’
- Giles believes Silverwood has a steeliness that will serve him well as coach
- Giles also praised Silverwood’s ‘values’ and his ability to manage people
- Silverwood has spent the past 21 months as England’s fast bowling coach
Ashley Giles has revealed he had ‘sleepless nights’ during search for England’s new coach
Chris Silverwood has been appointed as the replacement for the outgoing Trevor Bayliss
Silverwood has spent the last 21 months working as England’s fast bowling coach
Giles says there is a ‘steeliness’ to Silverwood’s character that will serve him well in the job
Ashley Giles admits the process of appointing a new England coach gave him sleepless nights but is pleased the man he identified as best for the job is English.
Giles, England’s managing director of cricket, was responsible for selecting Chris Silverwood and in so doing made him only the second homegrown head coach, following two stints by Peter Moores. since David Lloyd relinquished the post in 1999.
The promotion from within – Silverwood spent the past 21 months as England’s fast bowling coach – drew criticism from those keen on fresh ideas and a new direction.
‘Why is knowledge of your own system so negative? Would we rather bring someone in who is going to turn it upside down? I wouldn’t because it’s going to make my job much harder,’ Giles hit back.
‘He’s a good man with solid values and I’m pleased the right man is English because it helps break that cycle we were in where we couldn’t employ an English coach – and I think we’ve got a good one here.
‘There’s certainly a steeliness to him that I don’t think you particularly want to cross as a player. I think the hairdryer treatment is a bit dated but one of the things that’s impressed me about him, from what I’ve seen and the people I’ve spoken to, is the way he manages people. I think it bodes well.’
Nevertheless, Giles added: ‘Yes, It took me a couple of long days and sleepless nights but that’s the way it should be. It’s a big job and we take these decisions very seriously.’
Silverwood, referred to by Giles as ‘Hannibal’, will have at least two Englishmen as assistant coaches in Graham Thorpe and Paul Collingwood. That pair, and an as-yet-to-be-identified third deputy – a pace-bowling specialist – might on occasion be asked to front the team for series or groups of matches to allow the head coach to take breaks within a saturated international schedule.
Additionally, although Saqlain Mushtaq’s 100-day-a-year contract is not being renewed, there will be scope to draft in coaching consultants on an hoc basis. For example, a spin bowling expert is likely to be acquired for the two-match Test series in Sri Lanka next spring.
Meanwhile, Giles revealed he had spoken to both Ben and Clare Stokes in the aftermath of pictures emerging from last week’s PCA dinner in which the England all-rounder’s left hand was up against his wife’s face.
‘I think we can all say domestic violence is a really serious issue, we’re not making light of that at all. But in this instance it’s a very happy couple having some fun and a picture telling a thousand words, but just the wrong ones,’ Giles said.
‘It’s just a worry in some sense how his profile can be used against him, how susceptible they are as a family to this. The bigger your profile the more difficult it can become.’