Ed Smith removed as National Selector with Chris Silverwood taking full charge

Ed Smith has been sacked as National Selector with head coach Chris Silverwood officially taking full charge of picking England teams.

Smith's job has been made redundant in a move that brings and end to over 100 years of selection by a panel once removed from the team.

The 'chairman of selectors' was often the most powerful man in the game when there was no such thing as a coach.

Now England have done away with the extra layer of bureaucracy and taken a positive step into the 21 st century.

Ashley Giles is the man who has made the call having experienced every part of the process as a player, coach, selector and now managing director of England men's cricket.

And he reckons a scouting system with the other current selector James Taylor being named as head scout, will be a better resource for Silverwood to tap into when making his decisions.

Giles said: “The current process of selecting England teams has been in place for over 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, as Head Coach, taking ultimate responsibility for picking England senior men's squads.

"I would like to personally thank Ed for his contribution to the England men's teams over the past three years.”

Smith moves on having being appointed by his former Middlesex team-mate Andrew Strauss three years ago, and with the 2019 World Cup win the high watermark on his CV.

However relationships appeared to be sometimes strained as Smith's input into team matters and selections were not always appreciated.

An intelligent character, Smith aimed and succeeded in bringing a rigour to England selection that benefitted from increased technology and analytical support.

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

"I've been very lucky to work with James Taylor, and I'm delighted that he will remain part of the new structure. My thanks to the dedicated team of scouts and to all the coaches, data analysts, medics and members of the ECB Pathway, who are available every day of the year at all hours to help England's decision-makers.”

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