England head coach Chris Silverwood will miss the ODI series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan this summer to allow him to take a break in what is a very busy year of international cricket.
Assistant coaches Paul Collingwood and Graham Thorpe will take charge for one series each in his absence.
It doesn’t seem that long since the end of the India tour but the Test summer gets underway with a two-match series against New Zealand at the start of next month.
A Test series against India will follow in August in September, while both Sri Lanka and Pakistan will visit on white-ball tours before that.
With the T20 World Cup and the Ashes still to play later in the year, ensuring everyone in the setup gets the appropriate rest will be important and Silverwood is no different.
The England head coach has revealed that he will take a break during the Sri Lanka (29/06 – 04/07) and Pakistan (08/07 – 13/07) ODI series.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he explained that it was important that he stayed “as fresh as possible”.
Silverwood added: “It’s not fair on the players if I am operating at less than 100 percent and it is not fair on myself either.
“Thorpey will do one and Colly will do the other and I’ll use it as my break to refresh and get ready for what is ahead of us.”
The England head coach added: “I’m not going to deny it’s not easy for me (switching off).
“Obviously I am wholly on board with what we are doing. I am very embedded in it now. I do find it hard to switch off but I’ll do my best.”