England (3/1 Cricket World Cup 2023 Outright) have named Paul Collingwood as their interim head coach for next month’s three-match Test series in the West Indies.
Former all-rounder Collingwood has been handed the reins on a temporary basis in the wake of Chris Silverwood’s departure last week.
Silverwood, assistant coach Graham Thorpe and director of cricket Ashley Giles have all stepped down from their positions following England’s 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia.
Sir Andrew Strauss has taken over from Giles on a temporary basis and he has now chosen Collingwood, who took charge of England during their recent 3-2 Twenty20 series defeat to the West Indies, as the man to lead them into their Test campaign against the same opposition.
“I am genuinely excited to be leading the Test team for the tour of the Caribbean,” the 45-year-old told reporters.
“I can’t wait to get started.”
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Collingwood was part of the England coaching set-up during the ill-fated Ashes series, as well as England’s campaign at last year’s T20 World Cup.
The former Durham player, who represented England in 68 Tests, 197 ODIs and 36 T20Is, has now been tasked with putting the pieces back together in the Test team and he has confirmed he has already spoken to captain Joe Root and vice-skipper Ben Stokes regarding his plans.
“Having a challenging Test series against the West Indies straight off the back of the Ashes disappointment gives us a chance from now to reset and rebuild,” Collingwood added.
“My objective is to give players clarity, direction and encouragement for them to start building something special.
“I have spoken to Joe Root and Ben Stokes, and both are excited and passionate to take the team forward in this new cycle.”
England are expected to announce their squad for the tour of the West Indies on Tuesday before they fly out to Antigua later this month.
They will then play a four-day warm-up match ahead of the first Test, which is due to get underway at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on March 8.
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