Kevin Pietersen hopes Chris Silverwood succeeds as England head coach but insists his appointment is a gamble from director of cricket Ashley Giles.
Silverwood was unveiled as the new England men’s head coach on Monday, with the former Yorkshire, Middlesex and England bowler taking over from Trevor Bayliss.
England made massive strides in one-day cricket under Bayliss – eventually winning the World Cup for the first time in history – but the Test team have continued to struggle for consistency.
Giles said Silverwood, who has been England’s bowling coach for the best part of the last two years, was the ‘outstanding’ candidate during the interview process.
But Pietersen says it is an ‘incredible brave’ appointment, with Silverwood yet to coach an international team full-time.
‘It’s a brave decision from Ashley Giles,’ England hero Pietersen told Sky Sports. ‘He doesn’t have any experience as a head coach of an international team at all.
‘So it’s an incredibly brave decision but Ashley Giles has made some brave calls. I hope it works out for him. I absolutely adore Ashley Giles, he’s one of my very good friends.
‘He looked after me when I came into the England team in 2004 and so we’ve got a great relationship so I hope it works out for him.
‘There were obviously some other contenders for the job and he’s gone the traditional English route.
‘I say it’s a brave decision because it has to work; with no experience or very limited experience as an international head coach it can be deep waters to swim in to start off with.
‘I just hope for Ashley Giles’ sake and for Chris Silverwood, who is a really nice guy, for his sake that it works out.’
Silverwood’s England travel to New Zealand next month, before touring South Africa over the winter.