Joe Root Backs Chris Silverwood To Continue As He Feels Players Have Let Him Down In Ashes 2021/22

Chris Silverwood Getty Images
Chris Silverwood Getty Images

Joe Root, England captain feels the players have let down head coach Chris Silverwood in the ongoing Ashes 2021/22 series against Australia. The right-handed batter has backed Chris Silverwood to continue in the role despite being under intense scrutiny following the abject series loss.

Joe Root and Chris Silverwood’s positions are likely to come under review after the conclusion of the Ashes series, as their team selections and tactics have been questionable. Although England’s dominance in white-ball cricket remains intact, their performances in Tests in the last 11 months have plummetted.

Chris Silverwood, England head coach Getty Image.
Chris Silverwood, England head coach Getty Image.

Joe root Feels The Players Let Chris Silverwood Down As They Didn’t Play As Per Their Capabilities

Joe Root welcomed the coach back ahead of the final Ashes Test in Hobart. However, he did admit that England has to be better after being second-best for a large part in the ongoing series against Australia. Chris Silverwood has linked with the squad for the final Test in Hobart after missing the fourth game in Sydney.

The 46-year old tested positive for COVID-19 before the game, forcing Graham Thorpe to take over from him on an interim basis. England eked out a heroic draw with one wicket left after three consecutive losses.

“Yes I would. It was a difficult week for the group of players with him not being around, and it must have been very difficult for him. But the performances we put in during the first three games, I feel we’ve let him and the coaches down to a degree. We’ve not played anywhere near the level we’re capable of. It’s a chance to do that this week,” the England captain stated.

Joe Root. File Photo
Joe Root. File Photo

Chris Silverwood has maintained since his promotion from bowling coach to head coach in October 2019 that his top priority was ensuring England had the tools to compete in the 2021-22 Ashes, and the manner of their defeat – going 3-0 down in the series inside 12 days’ cricket – means that his job is under pressure.

As a batsman, the right-handed batter, skipper Joe Root has amassed the most Test runs in 2021, accumulating 1708 runs at 61 with six tons, but his teammates especially batsmen have failed besides selections of certain players and rotation policies were also questionable in the last year or so.

Joe Root: Chris Silverwood Has The Respect Of Players

Joe Root has said that Chris Silverwood has been doing what he can to get the best out of the players. When asked whether Chris Silverwood should continue in his role, the 31-year-old conceded that the bubble life has taken a toll on Chris Silverwood in managing everyone’s workload.

“I think he’s very calm. He has the respect of the guys in the group, and he’s got a desperation to see everyone do well or upskill the players as best he can.”

“He’s had a very difficult time of it with the environments we’ve been living in, trying to manage winning games of cricket with bubble environments away from home, multi-format players trying to prepare for an Ashes and a World Cup. It’s very difficult.”

England(AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
England(AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

Joe Root added that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, England hasn’t been able to always field their strongest XI.

“For a long time, we’ve not been able to put our best teams out because we’ve been constantly trying to make sure from a mental-wellbeing point of view that everyone is looked after properly, because of the schedule we’ve dealt with over two years.”

Following the conclusion of the 5 Tests of Ashes 2021/22, England will head to the West Indies for five T20Is and three Tests. Joe Root also revealed that he is considering entering the IPL auction for the first time since he went unsold in 2018, but will only do so if he thinks he can play in the tournament without detracting from his Test career.

England will make one enforced change to the side that took the whitewash off the table at the SCG, with wicketkeeper Jos Buttler already back home after sustaining a fractured index finger. Joe Root stopped short of confirming Kent’s Sam Billings would step in to make his debut in the 5th Hobart Test.

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