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AFP
May 16, 2021

England coach to takea break during Pakistan ODIs

AFP
May 16, 2021

LONDON: England cricket coach Chris Silverwood will “pass on the reins” to assistants Graham Thorpe and Paul Collingwood during the upcoming one-day series at home to Pakistan and Sri Lanka as he bids to get “refreshed” amid a congested fixture schedule.

England have a busy home campaign, which also includes T20s against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, as well as seven Tests — two against New Zealand and five against India — ahead of this year’s T20 World Cup in India and the 2021/22 Ashes tour of Australia.

Silverwood, having been ever present during three months away with the squad on tours of Sri Lanka and India at the start of the year, believes the rest and rotation policy England are adopting with their players also applies to the coaching staff, with ‘bubble’ cricket continuing to taking place in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ll be passing the reins on for the ODI series,” Silverwood told reporters.

“Thorpey will do one and Colly will do the other and I’ll use it as my break in between to refresh and get ready for what is ahead of us.”

Silverwood, now in charge of picking the team after England abolished Ed Smith’s position of national selector, said he had to take a break to ensure he was at his best.

“You saw that during the winter that we tried to do that with our players to the best of our ability. It’s equally as important we do that with the staff.”

Silverwood said he planned to leave his deputies and captain Eoin Morgan in charge of selection for the Sri Lanka and Pakistan ODIS. “If I am giving them responsibility, I have to learn to back off,” said Silverwood.