English Cricket has its Own Pace: Chris Silverwood

Chris Silverwood has made a new entry in bowling department in English cricket. According to him, county cricket has a lot of fast bowlers after Ashes series which was lost by England due to the lack of fast-medium attacks by England in outside environment.When Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins from Australia were bowling consistently with great pace, bowlers in England were surprisingly slower and became the main reason for Ashes 4-0 loss. Hence, it was found hard at SCG and WACA on flat pitches which didn’t got swing or seam movement.

On the success of International Pathway programme by ECB, it raised a lot of doubts and county game was very important to produce the quick bowlers on flat pitches. Silverwood thinks that young bowlers can bowl up to 90mph in county matches. Last year, he played a vital role in winning the County Championship title for Essex.

He said, “English cricket has its own pace.” Jamie Overton and George Garton can fly the balls at 90mph. He further added that we should find them, work with them, train them, and also promote them to Test cricket.”

The Sussex’s left armed Garton toured with England Lions in Australia and bowled to the senior team of England before Christmas in net sessions. In Adelaide, Craig, who is Overton’s brother, made his debut in Test in Adelaide. He is going to recover from a lower back fracture. This winter, he has played the pace programme of ECB.

He added, “He played county cricket with Jamie. He doesn’t shy away in bowling his bouncer, he is aggressive and he has a lot of fighting spirit. But they need training and they are young.”

“Fast bowling is not that easy. Some of these guys are young over there. They need some time to grow up. We don’t have something magical. We are here to give them room to improve and develop.”

Mark Wood is one of the leading bowlers who have pace and he is in England team these days. At the MCG in the first ODI, he bowled out soon on January 14, Sunday and he has set the tone for performance of England with aggressive bouncer to David Warner, opening batsman in Australia, on the first ball of the match.

Silverwood added, “He said that he will do it with first ball and he actually did it. He has a lot of grit himself and I like that. He puts his bucks where he speaks. I thought the intent was great we put there.”

For the Ashes, Wood was recovering from injury and he was not available. But according to Silverwood, there is no reason for him to not continue his Test career due to injuries since 2015. He said, “We will keep following him up and pushing him ahead and keep powering him up. “ Wood will be playing the next Test for England which will be touring New Zealand. Silverwood will also work with Stuart Broad and James Anderson in Test cricket.

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