Silverwood given sole responsibility for England cricket squad selection

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22 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Silverwood given sole responsibility for England cricket squad selection

Chris Silverwood, head coach of the Eng-land cricket men's team, is to have overall responsibility for squad selection with na-tional selector Ed Smith's role abolished, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced Tuesday.

Smith has been in his role since 2018, in which time England have been crowned 50-over world champions, and will leave at the end of the month.

Silverwood will have sole responsibility for the squad selection although Test captain Joe Root and limited overs skipper Eoin Morgan will have their say

on the respective starting line-ups. The revamp comes ahead of a busy year for England with the highlights a five Test series against India beginning in August, the T20 World Cup in India and a bid to re-gain The Ashes in Australia.

Ashley Giles, managing director of Eng-land men's cricket, was responsible for the restructuring.

He said the selection process had been tried and tested but it had to move with the times. "The current process of selecting Eng-

land teams has been in place for over 120 years," said Giles in an ECB statement.

"Even though this system has its merits, with advances in technology and a greater information gathering resource at our dis-posal than ever before, the restructure is in

the best interests of help-ing England men's teams be successful."

Giles said Silver-wood's extra responsibili-ty will also put him in the spotlight even more if se-lections do not work out.

"The new structure also makes lines of ac-countability much clear-er, with Chris Silverwood, as head coach, taking ulti-mate responsibility for picking England senior

men's squads."

Giles paid tribute to 43-year-old Smith.

"I would like to personally thank Ed for his contribution to the England men's teams over the past three years," said Giles. "Ed's input has helped deliver successes

for all our England teams, and he has worked with commitment and professional-ism throughout his time as national selec-tor."

Smith said it "had been a huge privilege to work with great people" and wished Eng-land success.