Chris Silverwood has been confirmed as the new head coach of the England men’s cricket team.

The 44-year-old former Middlesex, Yorkshire and England fast bowler is promoted from his role as England bowling coach and takes over from Trevor Bayliss, who left the role after The Ashes after four years in charge.

Silverwood played six Tests and seven one-day internationals for England between 1996 and 2002 and becomes only the second Englishman to coach the national team on a full-time basis since 1999.

The 44-year-old – who led Essex to the county championship title as head coach in 2017 – was the unanimous choice of the ECB selection panel, which consisted of chief executive officer Tom Harrison, managing director of England’s Men’s Cricket Ashley Giles and head of coach development John Neal.

Trevor Bayliss spent four years as England head coach Trevor Bayliss spent four years as England head coach Trevor Bayliss spent four years as England head coach

Giles said: “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.

“I believe he is what we need to take our international teams forward. He is somebody we know well, but it is his intimate understanding of our structures and systems and his close relationships with Test captain Joe Root and white-ball captain Eoin Morgan that will help us develop our plans for the next few years.

“He has performed exceptionally well during his role as an assistant coach and has the ultimate respect of the players’ that have worked with him.

“Chris demonstrated in his interview a clear understanding and strategy of how both the red and white ball teams need to evolve. He has some detailed thoughts on what it will take to win the Ashes in Australia and win major ICC white-ball tournaments.