Jamie Porter lauds influence of departing Essex head coach Chris Silverwood after he agrees to join England
PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 November 2017
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Former Oaks Park High School student fully of praise for Chris Silverwood and reflects on his remarkable 2017
Jamie Porter has hailed the influence Essex’s departing head coach Chris Silverwood has had on his career.
It was announced on Wednesday afternoon that ‘Spoons’ would be leaving the 2017 County Championship Division One champions.
Silverwood will take up a role with England as their fast bowling coach at the start of 2018 and therefore end his association with Essex.
Nevertheless, his legacy will live on and Porter, who claimed 75 wickets this season, is one of many to have benefited from working under the 42-year-old.
“We are quite blessed at this club to have people like Keith Fletcher and Graham Gooch involved,” said Porter, after beating Yorkshire on September 27.
“Graham Napier and Dave Masters were both there on the final day and them two are people I’ve always looked up to and I’ve always tried to pick their brains.
“We are very fortunate at this club to have them type of people and I’ve not even mentioned Chris Silverwood, who is the biggest influence of all and that’s just outside the 11 blokes who take the field.
“There are so many names I could reel off that have helped me and always been there and they do make a big difference to this great club.”
A remarkable 2017 for former Oaks Park High School student Porter unfortunately ended on a sour note when he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back last month.
It meant the one-time Fives & Heronians bowler missed out on being part of the England Lions squad touring Australia.
Porter can still look back on this year with great satisfaction though, after claiming the most wickets in Division One.
He also scooped a number of personal awards, but doesn’t feel too much has changed over the past 12 months.
“I feel like I am doing the same things I have always done, but just for longer periods of time and I feel I have got myself in the shape to sustain it over a season,” said Porter.
“I also have a bit of experience to know how I can do it for longer periods of time and when to do things, so it is a combination of things. Personally I do feel like a lot of things are just coming together.”
Silverwood’s played a huge role in Porter’s meteoric rise and the Essex seamer will hope he doesn’t have to wait long to work with him again... this time in the England set-up.