England SACK Ed Smith as chief selector and appoint Chris Silverwood along with help from Eoin Morgan and Joe Root

ED SMITH has been sacked as England’s chief selector with head coach Chris Silverwood now in charge of selection.

Team supremo Ashley Giles wielded the axe even though England are the world champions and ranked No1 in 50-over and T20 cricket and No4 in Tests.

England’s other selector, James Taylor, will see his job title change from selector to head scout.

Coaches such as Paul Collingwood and Graham Thorpe will be involved in identifying players.

Men’s performance director Mo Bobat, a virtual unknown with no professional playing experience, will also have a growing input.

England believe intelligence from performance analysis, scouting and medical and sports science makes Smith’s role redundant.

Giles explained: “The current process of selecting England teams has been in place for more than 120 years.

“Even though this system has its merits, with advances in technology and a greater information gathering resource at our disposal than ever before, the restructure is in the best interests of helping England men’s teams be successful.

“The new structure also makes lines of accountability much clearer with Chris Silverwood taking ultimate responsibility for picking England senior men's squads.”

England’s two captains – Joe Root and Eoin Morgan – will continue to help Silverwood trim down the squad and pick the XI who actually take the field.


Smith said: “It’s been a huge privilege to work with great people trying to help England cricket and I am excited about watching England's continued development.

“England’s two captains – Joe and Eoin – have already completed remarkable achievements in an England shirt.

"England has two men dedicated to playing cricket in a way that makes the country proud.”

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