Chris Silverwood brings more homely touch to England’s quest for success

England’s new coach likely to be a calm supporter of players rather than a constant cajoler in the mould of Peter Moores

There are those who are distinctly underwhelmed by the elevation of Chris Silverwood to England’s head coach. They complain of a cosy, internal appointment and those accustomed to the glitz of the football world pine for a household name, an immediately recognisable heavy hitter, with a mouthwatering CV, some smart suits and the ability to deliver spicy soundbites.

But in cricket it does not always work out like that. Look at New Zealand, World Cup finalists in 2019 and habitual overachievers. Who is their coach? Do not feel embarrassed. I’m an expert (supposedly) and I have just had to take to Google. The answer is Gary Stead, who played five Tests in 1999. He succeeded Mike Hesson in 2018 (Mike who?).

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