Former England skipper Nasser Hussain is amongst those who have welcomed the appointment of Chris Silverwood as England Head Coach, after the bowling coach was promoted to succeed Trevor Bayliss in the role.

Hussain, who captained the Test side in the latter stages of Silverwood’s playing career at international level, feels the work the new coach has done with the England attack shows he has the aptitude to succeed in the top job.

“Look at the work he’s done with the England bowlers, in particular Stuart Broad and the renaissance he’s had” he said, in reference to Broad topping the wicket-taking charts for his country this summer.

“He knows the time to say things and not say things. He puts little ideas into players’ minds and makes it seem like it was almost their idea; his man-management is absolutely first class.”

"Wherever he has been as a coach, he has been successful.

“He went over to Essex when they were in Division Two, took them into Division One and then immediately won the County Championship with them - a side that had been under-performing.

“I think it’s a good appointment.”

Fellow ex-international Alex Tudor, who played alongside Silverwood in his final Test appearance, feels the new Head Coach’s honest approach will be beneficial.

“He’s prepared to tell you to your face whether you’re picked or not, and I think he has a good rapport with the lads,” said Tudor.

“I’m sure Joe Root will have had a big say in his appointment as well.”

Ryan Sidebottom, meanwhile, anticipates that the national side will benefit from maintaining consistency with the coaching staff who have been in place for the past four years.

“Why not pass the baton on to guys who know the players, and then bring a couple of new men alongside them – that is how I would see it,” said the former Nottinghamshire left-armer before Silverwood’s appointment was confirmed.

“In Chris you’ve got a young, hungry coach who knows the lads really well, and he’ll bring continuity, which I think is really important on the back of a World Cup win.”

Silverwood, who has spent two years as England bowling coach, will take charge of the side for next month’s tour of New Zealand, encompassing five IT20s and two Tests.

The 44-year-old’s squad will include Stuart Broad, after the right armer retained his place in the party for England’s first tour of the winter.


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