The Ashes: Chris Silverwood believes he retains support of England players despite series defeat | Cricket News

Chris Silverwood thinks the English players are still responding to him as head coach, says the young batters have skill and is confident he can prove it in the last two games of the Ashes series in Sydney and Hobart; England lost to Australia by one inning and 14 points on day three in Melbourne

Last updated: 28/12/21 3:29


Chris Silverwood believes England players are still responding to him as head coach

England manager Chris Silverwood believes he retains the support of his players despite the team falling in a heartbreaking defeat by the Ashes in Australia.

England’s fate was sealed when they were burned to the ground by just 68 on the third day of the third test at the MCG, losing the game by one inning and 14 points and losing 3-0 in the five-game series.

The tourists’ last meager performance with the bat means they have only surpassed 200 in six innings in the series, while now they have lost nine and only won one of their previous 12 test games.

Asked if England players were still responding to his methods, Silverwood said BT Sport: “I think they are.

“We had a good honest chat after the last game [a 275-run defeat in Adelaide]. We just have to put the performance together and start rejecting [against Australia].

Silverwood took over the leadership of England in 2019

Silverwood took over the leadership of England in 2019

“It’s a disappointment for all of us and the boys will hear it in the locker room.”

Silverwood also pointed out that England know their best team, but that the four changes made for the Boxing Day Test – Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Jack Leach and Mark Wood replacing Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes – were needed after the crushing defeats in Brisbane and Adelaide.

“We know who our top 11 players are, but we had to make changes after the first two games. We knew we had good people to join.”

Captain Joe Root led England to serve in 2021, with his haul of 1,708 points that dwarfs the return of the team’s second-highest scorer this year, Rory Burns (530).

Root is England’s only hitter averaging over 40 in this Ashes series, with Dawid Malan the only other player averaging over 30.

The likes of Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Pope and Crawley battled Australia’s high-quality bout en route to England and suffered a series defeat after just 12 days of cricket.

The positions of manager Silverwood and captain Joe Root will be examined after England's defeat of the Ashes

The positions of manager Silverwood and captain Joe Root will be examined after England’s defeat of the Ashes

Silverwood added: “We have some world-class players and some young people who are constantly learning on the job.

“We have to try to give them some confidence. We know they have the skills and we support them. We have to give them the opportunity to show what they can do in the last two tests.

“I have to credit the attack in Australia [especially] Scott Boland for bowling as he did in that second inning.

“Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc are also world class. That said, we need to find a way to compete, find a way to push back and score points against them.

“This is certainly something we will think about in the locker room because we want to take something away from this series and compete in the last two test matches.”

James Anderson took four wickets in Melbourne before the English batters were blown away again

James Anderson took four wickets in Melbourne before the English batters were blown away again

England had dragged themselves back into the test on day two reducing Australia to 180-6, at which point the hosts were five points behind.

Australia went on to score 267 before reducing England to 31-4 in the last pulsating hour on Monday and then sinking the following morning.

However, Silverwood drew some comfort from the way England played, with James Anderson scoring a 4-44, the series’ only four-wicket tally from the tourists in the series so far.

The head coach added: “I think the way the boys applied themselves, the way the bowling attack developed and put us in a position to get back into the game was a credit to them.

“The way we took in the last innings was also good. There are positives that come out of that.”

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