Nasser Hussain has praised the appointment of Chris Silverwood as England head coach and says the former Yorkshire and Middlesex bowler is a ‘safe pair of hands’.
Silverwood was announced as England men’s new head coach on Monday, taking over from Australian Trevor Bayliss who stepped down following the Ashes.
The 44-year-old led Essex to the County Championship title as head coach in 2017 and had worked with the England team as bowling coach for the best part of two years
Former England captain Hussain said: ‘I think it’s a good appointment. He’s a very solid character and 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. He showed his pedigree there.
‘He has since moved on to England, and look at the work he has done with the England bowlers – look at someone like Stuart Broad, for example, and the renaissance he’s had.
‘He’s someone who seems to ask the right questions, at the right time. He’s that type of coach – he’s not an in-your-face type; he’s very popular in the England dressing room, already in there with the players.’
Hussain, who scored 14 centuries in his 96 Tests for England, added: ‘Chris knows the time to say things and not say things.
‘I’m talking bowlers here, but he puts little ideas into their minds and makes it seem like it was almost their idea; his man-management is absolutely first class.
‘I’d say he’s a safe pair of hands. When one or two others ruled themselves out, I think Ashley Giles went for someone he knows and trusts.’
Silverwood, meanwhile, insists he is ‘thrilled and honoured’ to become England’s head coach.
‘I aim to continue the great work that has been done over the past five years and build on our future, especially in the Test arena,’ the former England bowler said.
‘I have enjoyed working with the players over the past two seasons, and developing the best crop of talent in the English game.
‘I am excited to get started and build teams’ that the whole game can be proud of. There is a tremendous amount of talent coming through, and there is enormous potential for growth.
‘The hard work starts now, and I am confident we can make a positive impact during our winter tours of New Zealand and South Africa.’
This winter, England – who won the World Cup last summer before drawing the Ashes series 2-2 – tour New Zealand and South Africa.
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