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Will England captain Joe Root and head coach Chris Silverwood still be in their roles after The Ashes?

Joe Root’s golden year was also England’s worst.

The England captain was outstanding with the bat in 2021 – racking up 1,708 points with an average of 61 – but the rest of his team weren’t, and it’s one of the main reasons he fell to a record nine defeats. in the five-day arena, corresponding to Bangladesh’s loss tally in 2003.

Root scored 1,178 points more than second-highest scorer, Rory Burns (530). The fact that England’s third-ranked shooter was “extra” gives a clear insight into the batting difficulties they experienced. As well as the record 54 test ducks they bagged, a number that matched their number of zeros since 1998.

It meant that for all of Root’s successes with the blade – six centuries, two of them double, the third highest return ever for a test hitter in a calendar year – he has now suffered the most losses as England captain. Test, with Yorkshireman up to 24 defeats in 59 games.

Root overtook David Gower (18), Michael Atherton (21) and Sir Alastair Cook (22) during his team’s annus horribilis to become England’s most beaten test skipper, but is also the most successful, having passed Michael Vaughan’s 26 wins when his team beat India in Leeds in August.

Joe Root is England's most successful test captain - and also the most beaten

Joe Root is England’s most successful test captain – and also the most beaten

This is England’s only win in the past 12 tests and you wonder if Root has gotten his fill of the best work. There are two Ashes series defeats in Australia now – the last one could still end in a 5-0 draw – while he was also at the helm for a doomed loss to India earlier this year.

Root led the batting all year and was also the first spin bowler at times.

Add that to his captain’s armband and it’s a heavy load for a man. You can’t blame him if he called the time for his nearly five-year term in office at the end of the Ashes series or if England made that call on their own.

Root, of course, wasn’t flawless as a captain. Some of the selection decisions during the Ashes were quite disconcerting, and Rob Key told the latest Sky Sports Cricket Podcast that he doesn’t believe the 31-year-old is a “tactical genius”. But Root may still be the best man for the job because the list of potential replacements looks rather thin.

It could be argued that Ben Stokes is the only viable alternative, but would England want to load up their most influential player with that position? After all, he’s only recently returned from a long hiatus from gaming prioritizing his mental well-being.

Beyond that, you’re scratching around, mainly because after the Ashes debacle, you’re not entirely sure what England’s XI will look like in the future. It’s hard to name a lot of guaranteed picks on the team or even hitters, aside from Root, Stokes, and possibly Dawid Malan.

Ben Stokes (right) would appear to be the prime candidate to take over from Root's England captain

Ben Stokes (right) would appear to be the prime candidate to take over from Root’s England captain

Jos Buttler is renowned for having a crafty cricket brain – he’s already been vice-test and looks set to succeed Eoin Morgan as the white ball leader at some point, but after battling for racing and taking the catches in Australia , will the Caribbean tour still be in place in March?

A left-court choice would be to fleece someone who has captained well in county cricket, like James Vince of Hampshire or Tom Abell of Somerset, but that would be a real leap of faith.

Indeed, recent reports suggest that Root would be willing to stay as skipper, particularly if the ECB put red cricket top priority, but it seems increasingly likely that England will have a new manager at the helm. If Chris Silverwood were to be fired, he couldn’t really complain.

The stats are a sombre read for him when it comes to wins and losses, with 2021 seeing the aforementioned nine losses and just four wins, equaling the record.

There is also what appears to be the valid argument that players are not getting better on its watch and potentially regressing as well. Take Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, and Ollie Pope for example.

Did players like Ollie Pope improve during Silverwood's tenure as manager or did they regress?

Did players like Ollie Pope improve during Silverwood’s tenure as manager or did they regress?

Sibley averaged 47.30 on tests in 2020, Crawley 52.72 – although his numbers were inflated by that score of 267 against Pakistan at the Ageas Bowl – and Pope 43.72. In 2021, Sibley averaged 19.77, Crawley 10.81, and Pope 21.64. This is rather the decline.

Yes, Sibley, Crawley and Pope may have been coached by high-quality international bowlers, but it seems Silverwood hasn’t been able to come up with solutions – and isn’t that his job?

She also reiterated the importance of big first inning runs, but England have only surpassed 400 once since racking up 578 against India in Chennai in February, while being sacked for less than 200 on 13 occasions. in the first and second inning in 2021. These are not numbers that will leave a manager safe.

I have always made it clear that I would never commit to making all formats. Your test team has been fighting for a while, but it would be a really nice project to make it work.

Gary Kirsten on the possible England manager

As for the possible replacements, there seems to be an exceptional candidate, but England will probably need to change their set-up to get it.

Gary Kirsten led South Africa and India to the top of the test standings and India to the 2011 50 over World Cup title.

He has the vast international pedigree that Silverwood lacks – both as a player and as a manager – he applied for the role in 2015 and 2019 and expressed his interest in taking the job this time around should it happen.

The reserve? That the test and white ball coach positions are divided.

Does this make sense. England plays more test cricket than anyone else, so if you add white ball games as well, training in all formats can involve long periods away from family. Unsurprisingly, many of today’s top coaches prefer shorter stints in T20 leagues.

Former England hitter Nick Compton believes Gary Kirsten would be a good option as the team's next manager

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Former England hitter Nick Compton believes Gary Kirsten would be a good option as the team’s next manager

Former England hitter Nick Compton believes Gary Kirsten would be a good option as the team’s next manager

British cricket chief Ashley Giles opted against split roles when deciding how to replace Trevor Bayliss in 2019.

Giles said he wanted to achieve “consistency in communication”, something he probably felt was missing when he was leader of the white ball and pivot of Andy Flower’s red ball during an earlier period where England split coaches between 2012 and the 2014.

But the recent test trials may still be an afterthought on that front and whether the head coach should also be the main recruiter. It hasn’t gone great since Silverwood took full responsibility following the departure of national selector Ed Smith, with Sky Sports expert and former England captain Michael Atherton calling the decision “a strategic mistake”.

Kirsten at the head of the test team, with a separate white ball manager – Paul Collingwood, perhaps – could create an intriguing future for England as they try to build on their recent limited success and completely transform their red ball fortunes.

Justin Langer's spell as Australia's head coach could be drawing to a close

Justin Langer’s spell as Australia’s head coach could be drawing to a close

It doesn’t have to be Kirsten. Justin Langer may soon be available, while his Australian partner Ricky Ponting would be smart enough if England could pull it off.

Mike Hesson and Gary Stead also demonstrated with New Zealand that it is not necessary to have a high-level playing career to be an effective international manager.

With that in mind, either Anthony McGrath of Essex or Glen Chapple of Lancashire may be in the mood to step up from county cricket, but you wonder if the ECB has been scored by its last two English appointments at Peter Moores (twice) and now in Silverwood.

A Kirsten type seems more likely. Someone with a burden who can step in, troubleshoot, and try to ensure Root executions don’t go to waste in the future.


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