Silverwood replaces Bayliss as England head coach

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Chris Silverwood was named England head coach on Monday in place of Trevor Bayliss as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) opted against another overseas candidate to take the team forward.British media reported last week that former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten had emerged as the leading contender, but Silverwood, the team’s former bowling coach, was preferred.Australian Bayliss departed last month after England’s drawn home Ashes series against Australia having led the team for four years.They struggled for consistency in tests under his guidance, slipping to fourth in the world rankings, but enjoyed sustained success in one-day cricket, rising to the top of the rankings and winning their first 50-over World Cup title this year on home soil.The 44-year-old Silverwood played six Tests and seven one-day internationals for England as a fast bowler during his playing career, the majority of which was spent with his native county Yorkshire.He moved into coaching and in 2017 led Essex to their first County Championship title for 25 years before becoming England pace bowling coach.“Chris was the standout candidate,” England director of cricket Ashley Giles said in a statement“He is what we need to take our international teams forward. He’s somebody we know well, but it is his intimate understanding of our structures and systems and his close relationships with test captain Joe Root and white-ball captain Eoin Morgan that will help us develop our plans for the next few years,” Giles added.“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.”Silverwood’s first assignment will be England’s tour of New Zealand on which they play five Twenty20 internationals starting on Nov. 1 and two tests, before they travel to South Africa.“I’m excited to get started and build teams that the whole game can be proud of,” Silverwood said.“There is a tremendous amount of talent coming through, and enormous potential for growth. The hard work starts now, and I’m confident we can make a positive impact during our winter tours of New Zealand and South Africa.”Former England captain Nasser Hussain said Silverwood was a safe pair of hands, but that the job represented a big step up for him.“There is a massive difference between being a friendly bowling coach and being the main man, picking and choosing your time to get hard and tough with the players, especially in the test arena. That will be a challenge,” Hussain told Sky Sports.“At the moment he is popular but if he wants to do a good job he might have to upset a few people.” Caption:  Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain – July 31, 2019 England’s Jofra Archer (right) talks to bowling coach Chris Silverwood during nets Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers/Fileslast_img read more

Jose Altuve’s ‘terrible’ tattoo subject of Twitter scrutiny

first_imgSeems like the buzz the Astros have been hearing was from a tattoo gun.On Saturday, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa defended teammate José Altuve over the Astros buzzer controversy. The team has been accused of wearing buzzers under their jerseys — in addition to their trash can and video schemes — to learn what type of pitch was coming. A widely circulated video — which shows Altuve asking teammates not to rip his shirt off after a game-winning home run in the 2019 ALCS — fueled these rumors. That tattoo does look really bad I get why Altuve and his teammates wanted to cover it up— David Mendelsohn (@BigBabyDavid_) February 15, 2020We have found a picture of Jose Altuve’s tattoo 😬— SNY (@SNYtv) February 15, 2020When Carlos Correa says a crappy tattoo was why Altuve wouldn’t take his jersey off— Jon Tayler, Smiling Politely (@JATayler) February 15, 2020BREAKING: Leaked image of Altuve’s tattoo which is cited as new excuse for not removing jersey after walk off HR to go to WS.— DZ (@YankeesFan4299) February 15, 2020MORE: Astros owner Jim Crane bungles sign-stealing apology, players try to pick up slackReporters in the Astros clubhouse did confirm that Altuve does have a tattoo, however.Jose Altuve will speak to reporters after today’s workout. He just entered the Astros clubhouse shirtless, exposing a tattoo on his left shoulder that said “Melanie.”— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 17, 2020Melanie is the name of Altuve’s 3-year-old daughter. Mystery solved? Maybe for now. … “The second reason that he don’t want me to talk about this, but I’m gonna say it, is because he’s got an unfinished tattoo on his collarbone, right here, that, honestly, looked terrible,” Correa told The Athletic regarding that video. “It was a bad tattoo. And he didn’t want nobody to see it. He didn’t want to show it at all.”Fans raced to Twitter to comment, and many had their own ideas about Jose Altuve’s tattoo.MORE: Astros’ Carlos Correa fights fire with fire on sign-stealing, fails to lower temperatureSome fans thought that Correa was making the whole thing up.JOSE ALTUVE: Wait, what did you say?CARLOS CORREA: You need to get a bad tattoo.JOSE ALTUVE: What? No. I don’t want to.CARLOS CORREA: You kinda hafta now. On your collarbone. A really shitty one.JOSE ALTUVE: No, I don-CARLOS CORREA: Like today. I’ll drive you.— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) February 15, 2020random astros staffer just wildly driving around trying to find a place to buy kids temporary tattoos— matt (@MattF15) February 15, 2020Other fans did a little detective work to find said tattoo.This pic is from 2019. Where’s the unfinished tattoo..?— Tyson (@theR34Lbiscuit) February 15, 2020Looks like he has the tattoo on his chest here. Some cursive writing— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) February 15, 2020MORE: MLB players rip Astros over sign-stealing scandalSeveral people pointed out that Altuve was hardly the first baseball player to have bad ink.You can’t tell me that Jose Altuve was embarrassed over a tattoo when Brandon Inge, Jose Tabata, and Scott Spiezio routinely showcased THESE: #Astros— Geoff Magliocchetti (@GeoffMags5490) February 15, 2020If Dereck Rodriguez can proudly display this forearm tattoo of Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, then Jose Altuve should have no qualms about anything inked on his collarbone. #Astros— Matt Leland (@MattLeland) February 15, 2020Most fans just decided for themselves what the tattoo was.last_img read more