England have announced Chris Silverwood as the new head coach of the side replacing Trevor Bayliss, who stepped down from the post last month following the conclusion of the drawn Ashes series.
The 44-year-old Silverwood has been serving as England's bowling coach since taking charge at the end of 2017.
Silverwood was chosen ahead of former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten and Alec Stewart, who reportedly pulled out of the race for the coaching job.
The selection was finalized by a three-member ECB panel comprising of Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison, Managing Director of England cricket Ashley Giles and Head of Coach Development John Neal.
Giles summarized the reasons for appointing Silverwood as the head coach by highlighting his clear plans on taking the team forward.
"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," he said.
“Ultimately, his highest quality is that he is a winner and that will be an important part of the job as we look to strive to become the most respected team in the world across all formats.”
England have been on a constant rise in limited-overs cricket – a marked transformation from the 2015 World Cup debacle – which culminated in the World Cup win over the summer.
However, their red-ball performances have been a particular area of concern in recent times and were only accentuated by the failure to wrest back the Ashes urn against Australia at home.
Talking about his forthcoming stint, Silverwood demonstrated an added focus on uplifting the team's standards in Test cricket.
“I am thrilled and honoured to be appointed England Head Coach. I aim to continue the great work that has been done over the past five years and build on our future, especially in the Test arena.
“I have enjoyed working with the players over the past two seasons, and developing the best crop of talent in the English game," he said.
Silverwood played 13 international games for England and later joined Essex's coaching staff in 2010.
After being named Essex head coach before the 2016 season, he led them to the County Championship title in 2017.
His first assignment at the helm will be the tour of New Zealand scheduled to commence on November 1.
“I am excited to get started and build teams’ that the whole game can be proud of. There is a tremendous amount of talent coming through, and there is enormous potential for growth. The hard work starts now, and I am confident we can make a positive impact during our winter tours of New Zealand and South Africa.”