Ashes Panel: Rob Key says Chris Silverwood looks ‘out of his depth’ as England head coach | Cricket News


England appointed Chris Silverwood as Trevor Bayliss’s replacement as head coach in October 2019

Head coach Chris Silverwood is on the front lines following England’s painful defeat in the Ashes series – and he wasn’t spared on the latest Sky Sports Cricket Podcast.

Rob Key believes Silverwood – whose team have lost nine of their last 12 rounds – seemed “out of his league” having been invited to take on the dual roles of national coach and selector.

Nasser Hussain believes the former Essex manager is “incredibly vulnerable”, while Michael Atherton says he would be surprised if Silverwood survived following an Ashes tour that is spinning out of control.

Read on for expert thoughts on the England boss under pressure or listen as part of the podcast …

ROB KEY – Silverwood looks out of its depth

“In the interviews, with the decisions and everything that happened, Silverwood seems so beside himself.

“When [managing director of cricket] Ashley Giles turned to him and said: ‘I am getting rid of Ed Smith as a national selector, now you are in charge of everything’, I hope he was paid well!

“He’s put him in a position he’s just not capable of. I don’t know many coaches who would have been capable of that.

“You probably needed one of the smartest, one of the guys with the most credibility, who knew more than anyone about test cricket.

“The captain, Joe Root, needed help, he was asking for help and I don’t think Silverwood was that man at any stage.

“Some of these things happened when Ed Smith was a breeder, don’t get me wrong, but Silverwood is just so out of his league.

“With a coach, it’s about what a captain needs. Eoin Morgan is fine with a Silverwood because Morgan is a brilliant leader.

“I’d like to see how Root fared with a Ricky Ponting, a Mahela Jayawardene, a Gary Kirsten, a Stephen Fleming. Someone who knows the game through and through.”

Former England spinner Monty Panesar believes Joe Root should continue as test captain regardless of results in Australia

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Former England spinner Monty Panesar believes Joe Root should continue as test captain regardless of results in Australia

Former England spinner Monty Panesar believes Joe Root should continue as test captain regardless of results in Australia

NASSER HUSSAIN – Some decisions were shocking

“When England ditched the rotation policy earlier in the year, Athers sat down on one of our podcasts and said he judged Silverwood by the results at the end of the year.

“Well England have lost nine test matches, their worst year ever. These results speak for themselves, so I think they are incredibly vulnerable.

“Also, are cricketers getting better with this set-up or are they getting worse? I certainly don’t see them improving, especially in batting.

“When you take on that role of chief recruiter and the responsibility stops at your door, you’d better make sure you win games and make good decisions. Some of the decisions were shocking.

The problems with England’s red joke are not about Silverwood. Everyone wants their piece of blood, someone to fall on their sword, but make a change if you think it will improve our cricket. Don’t do it because someone needs to be eliminated, do it because it’s the right thing to do.

Nasser Hussain

“Australia have played on the right side in everything. England are selecting the right teams but in the wrong places. The decision-making process on this tour was abysmal, and not just on this tour.

“You come back to Ahmedabad against India earlier this year with four staplers in the spotlight and then 28 of the 30 wickets fell into rotation and the game was over in two days. There is a history of mistakes with decisions. .

“You go back to Lord’s against New Zealand in June when there was a full house and the potential for a run chase, yet Root and Silverwood thought we weren’t good enough to even try to chase a score. That tells you something about where this is. team thinks they are mentally.

“There are extenuating circumstances. England plays more test cricket than anyone else and the coach, in times of Covid, needs to take care of the mental well-being of his players.

“He did and I applaud him for it, but it left him in a very precarious position. We all know that you are judged on results and performance and both have been shocking this year.”

Rob Key says England's innings defeat in Melbourne was

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Rob Key says England’s innings defeat in Melbourne was “one of the Ashes’ worst defeats ever” after Joe Root’s side were eliminated by just 68

Rob Key says England’s innings defeat in Melbourne was “one of the Ashes’ worst defeats ever” after Joe Root’s side were eliminated by just 68

MICHAEL ATHERTON – It’s hard to see Silverwood’s survival

“I can’t see a situation where Silverwood will survive this tour. All the responsibility is his because that’s the way Giles set things up.

“You used to have the national selector and that responsibility was slightly widespread. You weren’t sure who to blame because you had the captain, the coach and the national selector.

“But by the way Giles has arranged things, there is only one man to blame, even if there are problems deeper than the blame game.

“The danger now is that you lose this path of football. If you stack all the responsibilities and responsibilities on one man, then if and when things go wrong, that’s what will happen.

“That’s what happens in football, where every time there is a decline in results you get this carousel of losing coaches. I think it’s an unhealthy situation to have.

England chief executive Ashley Giles made a mistake by combining the roles of national selector and head coach, says Michael Atherton

England chief executive Ashley Giles made a mistake by combining the roles of national selector and head coach, says Michael Atherton

“As I said, I don’t think Silverwood will survive this tour, but I think it was a strategic mistake to make the change made by Giles, being guided by a national selector and putting all this responsibility on one man.

“I think there is a lack of authority more generally at the ECB. It’s an ECB without a president and they have one or two off-pitch issues that have been well publicized.

“Now the recession in The Ashes is putting the authority at the heart of the English team in the spotlight with Silverwood, Root, who is at the end of his cycle, and Giles, who is making the strategic decisions.

“I think there are real problems at the heart of the ECB with what one might call authority – or lack of authority.”

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