England to replace Travor Baylis with one head coach after Ashes 2019

Travor Baylis will leave England coaching role after Ashes series 2019. England will appoint one head coach to replace him for all formats. English cricket team will have two assistant coaches for test cricket and limited overs cricket. Fast bowling coach Chris Silverwood is favourite for red-ball role. Former English all-rounder Paul Collingwood is likely to get white-ball duty. Silverwood is front-runner for the head coach job also. Paul Collingwood is joining batting coach Graham Thorpe and bowling coach Chris Silverwood to assist Travor Baylis till ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Ashley Giles, English cricket’s managing director, is not in favour of split coaching system. He has first hand experience of how bad it can work, when he was in-charge of one-day side from 2012 to 2014, while Andy Flower guided test team. Giles feels that appointing one head coach will provide stability across different formats.

Chris Silverwood and Paul Collingwood to assist new England Head Coach after Travor Baylis
Chris Silverwood and Paul Collingwood to assist new England Head Coach after Travor Baylis

England cricket director Ashley Giles said: “I’m about 99.9% sure that I want one man to do that job in the future. One coach gives us stability in culture as well as voice. I see it as one guy in charge – and prepared for time off – and three assistant coaches, not just one, that work together and help share the burden. The top man has different voices to go to. We’ll see the start of that shape going into World Cup.”

Ashley Giles thinks that England does not have great coach development system. Just one English head coach worked in last 20 years. Peter Moores coached England twice, first from 2007 to 2009 and again from 2014 to 2015. Giles himself served as white-ball head once. Ashley Giles reckons that head coach should ideally be Englishman. But nationality is not much important and best person should do coaching.

English cricket director Ashley Giles stated: “Paul Collingwood will be involved in the World Cup, but he is not replacing Paul Farbrace. I think having one assistant puts a lot of pressure on that person. Spoons [Silverwood] is a candidate, yes. Seeing what he did as head coach of Essex was remarkable. They were a bit of a shambles when he came and, in two years, he’d turned them round completely. And he’s got a nice way about him. He’s a tough bloke, with a fair amount of discipline, but he communicates really well. We know he’s capable.”

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