The arrangement comes after previous head trainer Chris Silverwood and overseeing chief Ashley Giles were both sacked the week before; “I’m eager to be leading the Test group for a visit through the Caribbean,” Collingwood said. “I can hardly wait to begin.”
England has named Paul Collingwood as interim lead trainer for March’s three-Test visit through the West Indies.
The arrangement comes after previous head trainer Chris Silverwood and managing chief Ashley Giles were sacked last week, following England’s 4-0 Ashes defeat to Australia.
Previous England all-rounder Collingwood was partner mentor under Silverwood and took responsibility for last month’s 3-2 T20 series rout in the West Indies.
“Having a difficult Test series against the West Indies straight off the rear of the Ashes disappointment allows us an opportunity from now to reset and remake.
“Playing Test matches for England is the most elevated award in the game. My goal is to give players lucidity, direction, and consolation for them to begin building something uniquely great.”
Collingwood’s arrangement follows Sir Andrew Strauss taking up the interim overseeing chief, with a reset of England’s red-ball cricket set-up requested after only one win in their last 14 Test matches.
Strauss affirmed last week Joe Root would stay as Test commander, while England’s crew for the West Indies visit, which gets going on March 1, is set to be named on Tuesday,
“I have addressed Joe Root and Ben Stokes, and both are energized and enthusiastic to take the team forward in this new cycle,” Collingwood added.
“Even though they realize it will not be simple, they have the desire and grit to do things in another way to guarantee the team can succeed.
“We have a chance to refocus.”
Pietersen: Collingwood Wonderful To Lead England
Collingwood’s arrangement for only the forthcoming visit recommends England intend to have an extremely durable replacement to Silverwood in place for June’s home Test series against New Zealand.
Regardless of whether the 45-year-old is viewed as a possible long-term replacement for Silverwood is not yet clear. Still, as a previous England chief in white-ball cricket and an exceptionally evaluated mentor by his right, the following few weeks could introduce a chance for him to present his case as the leading candidate.
The last time an interim mentor assumed control for a series in the West Indies, Andy Flower, in 2009 after the firing of Peter Moores, he proceeded to find the occupation forever and enjoyed gigantic achievement in stepping through the test side to number one on the planet. Strauss was chief of Flower’s side and considered Collingwood a confided-in partner.
Before Monday’s declaration, one more individual from that gigantically successful England side, Kevin Pietersen, advocated Collingwood for the long-lasting job.
“The focus ought NOT to move from how helpless country cricket is and I think Strauss knows this,” Pietersen tweeted on Sunday.
“@Colly622 is wonderful to lead England. No ‘super name’ mentor can fix England’s batting.
“It begins from the base!”