India, Oct. 7 -- Chris Silverwood has been appointed as the head coach of England, ECB announced on Monday. The 44-year-old was an understudy to former head coach Trevor Bayliss for almost two years and saw a promotion following his exit from the backroom staff. Silverwood will take over the charge right from the tour of New Zealand which starts later this month.

"We are delighted to confirm Chris as England Men's Head Coach. We have gone through a thorough process and looked at all the options that were available to us. Chris was the standout candidate," a statement from ECB read as.

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