The overhaul of the selection system in England has increased the number of consultants working under Chief Scout James Taylor to 11, with Alec Stewart and Jonathan Trott among those appointed to monitor the county’s performance
- England overhauled their selection system and fired Ed Smith
- Head Coach Chris Silverwood now chooses squads and XIs, advised by Chief Scout James Taylor and in consultancy with Captains Joe Root and Eoin Morgan
- England increases the number of consultants working under Taylor from 6 to 11
The number of consultants working in the UK senior selection system has risen to 11 this season.
The group, led by new Chief Scout James Taylor, compiles the individual player reports used in the selection of England and England Lions teams – although to avoid conflicts of interest, individuals are not allowed to identify those involved in their own country.
James Taylor (right) sits with Marcus Trescothick, who is now England’s batting coach
Promotions for Marcus Trescothick and Richard Dawson within the ECB’s coaching structure at the start of this year mean that only half of the original six appointed in 2018 under former national selector Ed Smith – Taylor, Chris Read and Glen Chapple – remain .
Alec Stewart, Surrey’s cricket director, Mark Alleyne, back in the coaching ranks at Gloucestershire, and recently hired Derbyshire bowling coach Ajmal Shahzad are all on the new team.
So does Jonathan Trott, who has signed a deal with former Warwickshire club to return as a coaching advisor after spending the winter on the England backroom team.
Consultants for England and Lions
Mark Alleyne – Gloucestershire *
Jack Birkenshaw – Chairman of Leicestershire *
Glen Chapple – Lancashire *
Carl Crowe – Lancashire Advisor *
Ajmal Shahzad – Derbyshire *
Alec Stewart – Surrey *
Jonathan Trott – Warwickshire Adviser *
* all those with roles in provinces do not scout their own players to ensure impartiality