Silverwood – No time for World Cup reminiscing on England tour of New Zealand
A number of key names from England’s World Cup triumph are absent for the forthcoming series.
England’s thrilling World Cup final victory over New Zealand will be consigned to the history books as the two sides prepare to meet in a Twenty20 series down under, insists new head coach Chris Silverwood.
Hosts England beat the Black Caps on the boundary count-back rule after even a Super Over failed to separate the two teams at Lord’s in July.
It was the first time England have tasted 50-over World Cup success and the limited-overs side is now in New Zealand preparing for a five-match T20 tournament.
But there will be no time for reminiscing about the achievements of the summer as Silverwood, who stepped up from bowling coach to replace Trevor Bayliss in the top job earlier in October, wants his side fully focused on the task at hand.
“I’m sure there will be a few conversations but we are here to focus on the series in front of us,” he said when asked if the World Cup would remain a talking point.
“We have moved on now. Obviously, it was a fantastic game of cricket to be involved in at any level really, it was a real delight of an experience but we have got to move on.
“Obviously there is a different series in front of us now and we have got to concentrate on that.”
After a lengthy summer of cricket, culminating in failure to regain the Ashes following a 2-2 draw with Australia, a number of key names from the World Cup are absent for the forthcoming series.
The likes of Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have not travelled but Silverwood wants those players who are involved to show their potential in place of the more established names.
“They are not here, obviously,” he added.
“But it gives opportunity to other young talent coming through, gives us an opportunity to see them and them an opportunity to express themselves as well.
“One or two of them are having a break but it will be business as usual from a one-day point of view and with the T20s, Eoin Morgan has got a really strong hold on what he wants to do with the team and it is my job to back him up and put those things in place.”