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Chris Silverwood

Christopher Silverwood
Silverwood in 2019
Personal information
Full nameChristopher Eric Wilfred Silverwood
Born (1975-03-05) 5 March 1975 (age 44)
Pontefract, Yorkshire, England
NicknameSpoons, Silvers, Chubby
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
RoleBowler, Coach
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 583)18 December 1996 v Zimbabwe
Last Test29 November 2002 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 144)15 December 1996 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI13 October 2001 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
2009Mashonaland Eagles
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 6 7
Runs scored 29 17
Batting average 7.25 4.25
100s/50s -/- -/-
Top score 10 12
Balls bowled 828 306
Wickets 11 6
Bowling average 40.36 40.66
5 wickets in innings 1 -
10 wickets in match - n/a
Best bowling 5/91 3/43
Catches/stumpings 2/- -/-
Source: Cricinfo,

Christopher Eric Wilfred Silverwood (born 5 March 1975) is a former international cricketer and current head coach of the England cricket team.

Early life and domestic playing career

Born in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, Silverwood was educated at Brigshaw High School in Allerton Bywater, and as a right-arm fast bowler, made his debut for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1993.[1] He played for his native county for thirteen years,[1] and was one of a battery of fast bowlers which the county produced in the late 1990s. With the club he won the County Championship in 2001 and the C&G (Friends Provident Trophy) in 2002. Former England bowling coach Bob Cottam once said he was faster than Allan Donald, and he possessed a lively outswinger and hostile bouncer when the conditions suited. He was also known for his stamina, and was noted for his ability to maintain his pace when returning for spells late in the day.

He signed for Middlesex for the 2006 season after playing only six games for Yorkshire in the 2005 season,[1] having left by mutual consent after sustaining a series of injuries. He had a good first season with Middlesex, taking 63 first-class wickets, but struggled with injuries thereafter, leaving the club in 2009.[2]

In 2009 he signed a contract with Harare-based franchise Mashonaland Eagles as player-coach, making his debut against Matabeleland Tuskers.[3][4]

By the end of his career, the six-foot one inch paceman had taken 577 first-class wickets in 184 matches at an average of 27.41, with a best of 7 for 93 and 259 List A one day wickets at 25.05 with a best of 5 for 28.[2] Usually a tail-end batsman he was occasionally used as a pinch hitter in one day games. He was nicknamed Spoons, Silvers or Chubby and won the NBC Denis Compton Award in 1996.


Silverwood was selected for the England tours of Zimbabwe and New Zealand in 1996-97. He made his international debut in the first One Day International (ODI) against Zimbabwe on 15 December, with Zimbabwe winning by two wickets.[5] Silverwood followed this with his Test debut in the first Test, a match which England drew with the scores level at the end of the match.[6] He took four wickets, but was not selected for the second Test, though he did play in the remaining ODIs against Zimbabwe as well as the final two ODIs of the New Zealand leg of the trip. In May 1997, Silverwood made his only home international appearance when he played the third ODI against Australia.

His next international appearances did not come until 1999, when he played four Tests of the 1999-2000 tour of South Africa. Silverwood struggled, with the ball not moving,[2] taking 7 wickets at an average of just below 50.

He made a final Test appearance in the 2002-03 Ashes series in Australia, finishing his international career with a total of six Tests and seven ODIs.

Coaching career


In 2010, Silverwood joined Essex as bowling coach,[7] and was promoted to the head coach position ahead of the 2016 season.[8] His first year in the role saw Essex promoted to the First Division of the County Championship, followed by them winning the competition in 2017.


Silverwood joined the England coaching team as full-time fast bowling coach in Jan 2018.[9] He was announced as the new head coach on 7 October 2019, following the departure of Trevor Bayliss at the end of the 2019 season.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 378. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4.
  2. ^ a b c "Chris Silverwood". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Silverwood makes his Zimbabwe domestic debut
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Zimbabwe v England 1996-97". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "ZIMBABWE v ENGLAND". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Essex name Chris Silverwood as bowling coach". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "Silverwood named as new Essex coach". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ Martin, Exclusive by Ali (31 October 2017). "Chris Silverwood accepts role as England's fast-bowling coach". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "Chris Silverwood announced as England Men's Head Coach". ECB. 7 October 2019.
  11. ^ ESPN Cricinfo staff (7 October 2019). "England appoint Chris Silverwood as men's head coach". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2019.

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