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Chris Silverwood has won one of England’s last 11 tests as head coach; England go to Melbourne for the Boxing Day Test they need to win to maintain faint hope of regaining Ashes after “honest talk” between the team following the loss to Adelaide on Monday

Last updated: 21/12/21 19:24


England named Chris Silverwood as Trevor Bayliss’s replacement in October 2019

Manager Chris Silverwood insists he remains the man to lead England despite increased control after the tourists were 2-0 defeated in the Ashes to Australia.

England heads to Melbourne for the third test which begins in Boxing Day knowing they must win to maintain their slim chances of regaining the Ashes.

Silverwood took control of the squad at the end of 2019 and has since spent much of the past two years prioritizing an attempt to claim the urn, with England not having an Australian test win since the success of the series. 2010/11.

When asked if he felt his position was at stake, he said, “It always is. When you take a job like this, you take it.

“I think I’m the right man? Yes, otherwise I wouldn’t have taken the job. You’re under constant pressure, aren’t you?”

England’s choice of bowling bout for a nine-wicket defeat in the first test in Brisbane and a 275-point defeat in the Adelaide day-night test on Monday has been questioned by experts and commentators.

However, Silverwood, who has won one of the last 11 UK tests, has publicly stated that he would choose the same two teams again.

Rob Key says he will be leaving Rory Burns and Ollie Pope for the third Ashes Test, following England's defeat in Adelaide which left them 2-0 in the series.

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Rob Key says he will be leaving Rory Burns and Ollie Pope for the third Ashes Test, following England’s defeat in Adelaide which left them 2-0 in the series.

Rob Key says he will be leaving Rory Burns and Ollie Pope for the third Ashes Test, following England’s defeat in Adelaide which left them 2-0 in the series.

Despite the recent meager international record, Silverwood maintains the belief that he can oversee an Ashes comeback after the team held “honest talk” in the locker room after a hefty second test defeat.

Earlier, shortly after the defeat, Captain Joe Root complained about the lengths pursued by his bowlers.

“What you saw is what we got in the locker room after. We had a good chat, which was necessary,” Silverwood said.

“The chat we had in the locker room was very honest. If we want to win this test series and compete in this test series, we have to be better.

England Test captain Joe Root claims to be

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England Test captain Joe Root says he is “really annoyed” by his dismissal in the first innings of England’s second Ashes Test defeat to Australia

England Test captain Joe Root says he is “really annoyed” by his dismissal in the first innings of England’s second Ashes Test defeat to Australia

“There were some things thrown out there. There were some honest conversations, which was great. It was good and it was healthy. We had a good chat, which was necessary.

“I think there are some lessons to be learned – he’s right. We have to learn fast.”

Silverwood also says he deplored the recurring problem of no-ball in England which has already cost Ben Stokes and Ollie Robinson wickets so far in the five-test series.

“Ballless wickets are unacceptable,” he said. “I picked it up and we faced it.

“This can’t happen. It’s a basic mistake. The kids accepted it.”

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