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England Test skipper Joe Root backs James Anderson , Twitter
England Test skipper Joe Root backs James Anderson , Twitter

Who Else Is Going To Coach Or Captain This England Test Team Any Better? -Kevin Pietersen

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has hit back to the critics who want to sack Joe Root and Chris Silverwood from their respective positions as captain and coach after the Ashes debacle. Pietersen feels that England has no other option but to go with the same set-up.

On Sunday, chasing the target of 271, England collapsed once again to get bowled out for 124 as they conceded the series by 0-4 in the 5-match series. The Sydney match was ended in a draw as the last wicket pair- Stuart Broad and James Anderson deny the last wicket to the hosts to avoid the possibility of another whitewash.

Kevin Pietersen and Joe Root (England)
Joe Root and Kevin Pietersen (File pic)

England hasn’t won a Test match in Australia since Jan 2011

As the series ended, the review and scrutiny have been started over England’s performance as the former players and cricket pundits have been asking to sack the captain and the coach. However, Kevin Pietersen doesn’t agree with them.

“They’re saying, SACK THE COACH! SACK THE CAPTAIN! Who else is going to coach or captain this England Test team any better? If you name me some world-class players to replace the current underperforming ones, I’ll agree. But, there isn’t! #BlameTheSystem” Kevin Pietersen tweeted.

England has struggled down under for a while now as they haven’t won a Test match in Australia since January 2011. The scoreline in the last three Ashes series in Australia has been strongly in favour of the hosts as they won by 5-0 in 2013-14, 4-0 in 2017-18, and 4-0 in 2021-22.

Kevin Pietersen himself was part of 2013-14 when the hosts thrashed them by 5-0. It was his last series in his international career. Pietersen believes that Joe Root and Chris Silverwood are still the right men for the job as they don’t have any better alternatives.

England had a torrid time in Test cricket last year as they lost their both home series against New Zealand and India. They also lost the 4-match series by 1-3 in India earlier in the year 2021.

However, Joe Root had a great time with the bat as he scored 1708 runs with an average of 61 which included 6 hundreds. Though he couldn’t play any influential knock in the Ashes.

England’s next assignment in Tests will be a 3-match series against West Indies in March.

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Chris Silverwood Getty Images
Chris Silverwood Getty Images

Chris Silverwood Insists To Stay On As England Coach Despite Ashes 2021/22 Defeat

Chris Silverwood has insisted he wants to stay on as England head coach, despite his team’s 4-0 Ashes drubbing – but admitted he could have shown his teeth more to the players amid accusations of dressing-room coziness.

Since beating India at Chennai last February, England has lost 10 Tests out of 14 and won only one – their worst sequence for 25 years. That has left Chris Silverwood’s fate dependent both on the post-series report by team managing director Ashley Giles and the views of ECB chief executive Tom Harrison and other members of the performance cricket committee, chaired by Andrew Strauss.

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

Chris Silverwood Admits That His Job Is Going To Be Under Scrutiny After Abject 2021/22 Ashes Loss

Tom Harrison is believed to have been unimpressed by what he has found during his three weeks in Australia, with England’s worst Ashes batting display since the 1950s compounded by a loss of confidence among the players in Chris Silverwood’s ability, and poor levels of communication. Before one Test, the coach sat down to tell a player he had been dropped, only for the player to say he had already read of his demise in a newspaper.

But Chris Silverwood is adamant that, with the help of a reformed domestic structure that places more emphasis on the red-ball game, he can help turn England’s fortunes around.

‘My job is going to be under scrutiny,’ Chris Silverwood said. ‘But I would love to help effect those changes within the county structures, and I would like to put some of this right. I think I’m a good coach and I would love to be given that opportunity, but there are certain things that are out of my hands at the moment.’

With less than six weeks before England flies to the Caribbean for a three-Test series, Tom Harrison and Andrew Strauss have little time to make their recommendations to the ECB board.

But whoever emerges as head coach may find their powers diluted, with Chris Silverwood struggling to balance day-to-day coaching with the dual demands of the Test and white-ball teams, plus the role of the chief selector. Assistant coaches such as Paul Collingwood, who is in charge of the T20 team’s forthcoming tour of the Caribbean, and Graham Thorpe may be asked to take on greater responsibility.

Paul Collingwood played 68 Tests, 197 One-day Internationals and 36 T20 for England.© AFP
Paul Collingwood played 68 Tests, 197 One-day Internationals, and 36 T20 for England.© AFP

The hierarchy must also decide whether a combination of Joe Root and Chris Silverwood lacks a bad-cop figure to tell the players to home truths, with Joe Root admitting after England lost at Hobart inside three days that there might be times where we need to get a little bit harder.

Chris Silverwood said: ‘With the situation we’ve been living in, I try to work through things with them, rather than shout or growl. But there will be aspects I’ve got to reflect on, because I’m not a finished article as a coach and I want to get better all the time. I’m not afraid to show my teeth, but you sometimes wonder in hindsight whether I should do it more. But then does it make it less effective? I don’t know.’

The farcical conclusion to the fifth Test on Sunday may not work in his favour. England’s last five wickets fell amid a flurry of slogs, misjudgments, and apathy, typified by last man Ollie Robinson, who backed away the first ball to Pat Cummins and lost his middle stump. Chris Silverwood, though, put the surrender down to tiredness.

‘I believe they’re still playing for us,’ Chris Silverwood said. ‘I think what we saw was players that are tired. It was hard to watch. At times, you were thinking, just get stuck in. Let’s show that fight, but we didn’t have that. And there is no point saying we did, because we clearly didn’t. We’ve got to get to the bottom of why that is, and try to make a difference.’

For the time being, Chris Silverwood said he would ‘start planning for the West Indies’ which means considering options outside the 16 who played at least one Test in Australia, where perhaps only Mark Wood and to a lesser extent Zak Crawley emerged with their reputations enhanced.

‘We’ve certainly got to look at what is out there as well,’ said Silverwood. ‘One of the things I will be doing is speaking to the scouts, the performance director. What have we got out there? Do we need to make changes?’

England knew they could not sink any lower when they were demolished for 51 by West Indies in Jamaica in 2009. They vowed to put things right and two years later were crowned the best Test team in the world.

Nasser Hussain and Duncan Fletcher came together in 1999 with England ranked the worst of the lot and began the recovery that was to culminate with the fabled 2005 Ashes victory under Duncan Fletcher and Michael Vaughan. The board has been asleep at the wheel while England is facing up to a year when they will play more international cricket than ever before with their players in the mood to rebel against any further Covid bubbles and restrictions.

Joe Root’s captaincy race is run, Chris Silverwood has to pay the price for being given too much responsibility for coaching and selection. Joe Root cannot survive simply because there is no one else. He has overseen three Ashes without success after admitting before this series that his legacy would be judged by this one.  He needs to go back to the ranks and concentrate on restoring the very high batting levels misplaced during this series.

The one outstanding candidate to replace Joe Root is Ben Stokes. For all the reservations many, including this observer, have about overloading such an important player, Ben Stokes could do the job with one important proviso — he would have to give up T20s, the one format where he has never fulfilled his potential which includes the IPL.

If England’s top players are serious about rescuing Test cricket, they must give up a franchise tournament that in itself undermines first-class cricket by taking players away from the red-ball game at the start of each season. There should be a new coach in place by the time England plays their next Test in Antigua in March too.

Duncan Fletcher is the obvious man for the Test job. Paul Collingwood can take charge of a white-ball machine that shows no signs of malfunctioning under captain Eoin Morgan. That move led to the huge success of the 2019 World Cup but it has gone too far now.

Andrew Strauss, who has made a part-time return to administration as chair of the ECB cricket committee, is the best person to redress the balance. He should return to his old job at Ashley Giles’ expense or even replace Tom Harrison. England is missing the leadership of a character like Nasser Hussain to lead them into Tests.

Joe Root Questions How To Provide Incentives In County

Joe Root articulated what has to happen in the short term to ignite that red-ball reset while at his lowest ebb in the aftermath of the pitiful Hobart batting collapse and a three-day last Test defeat.

“What incentives are there in the County Championship to open the batting?’ he asked. ‘What incentives are there to be a spinner or to bowl fast? Anyone coming into Test cricket is doing it in spite of county cricket, not because of it.”

“How do we provide those incentives? We could produce better wickets, hopefully by playing at a better time of year. We could flatten the seam on the ball, maybe by giving our seamers a Kookaburra to work with. That would nullify running in and bowling at 70 miles per hour while encouraging bowlers to create new angles and find different ways to take wickets. And give spinners the chance to bowl in the first half of the season.”

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

Joe Root understands the need for changes but it looks like he won’t be the one making them.

“Then we could double the batting points in a Championship game and incentivise first innings leads above 400. When do our young batters ever go out under the pressure of replying to 450-500? When do they have to save a match in spinning conditions? There are lots of things we could change quite quickly but for now it’s how we react to this Ashes. Can we use this experience when we’re hurting to grow and come back as better players?”

England lost the first match by 9 wickets at the Gabba, the second game by 275 runs at Adelaide Oval, and the third game by an innings and 14 runs at Melbourne Cricket Ground.  However, they managed to avoid the 5-0 whitewash with a hard-fought draw in the fourth Test at Sydney Cricket Ground. Also, England lost the last match of the series by 146 runs at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart

Mark Butcher

Mark Butcher Questions Chris Silverwood’s Dual Role As A Coach And Selector

Former England opener Mark Butcher has called out for wholesale changes in England’s test team after the Ashes debacle. Butcher believes that changes should start from the positions of captain and coach.

On Sunday, Australia beat the visitors by 146 runs to win the series by 4-0. And their wait for this first test win in Australia since January 2011 has been going longer and longer. The series has been quite a struggle for England as they failed to compete in all three departments. Had the last pair of Stuart Broad and James Ander not survived 2 overs in Sydney, it would have been another whitewash.

Nasser Hussain said England were lacking "a bit more toughness in that middle order" and Mark Butcher stated that they "let India back in" to the game ( Image: Sky Sports)
Nasser Hussain(L) and Mark Butcher (R) ( Image: Sky Sports)

“Joe Root will probably stay on as captain”- Mark Butcher

Butcher demands some big changes in leadership for England. Though he agrees that Root might continue as England test captain as there ain’t too many alternatives for that role.

“I think Joe Root will probably stay on as captain – more because there isn’t anybody obvious to take over from him,” Butcher spoke to BT Sport.

But he demanded Chris Silverwood to step down from his role. He also slammed ECB to offer him multiple roles as selector and coach.

“So you then look above that, and who’s decision was it to make Chris Silverwood not only the head coach but also give him the responsibility of being a selector? I said it at the time – it was an absolutely ludicrous decision to have a guy in the dressing room, who not only is responsible for results and preparing the team for games, but he’s also the guy who can hire and fire you,” he added.

Chris Silverwood Getty Images
Chris Silverwood. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Can you go up to the coach of the team and have a chat with him about struggling with your form knowing that he’s responsible for your selection? You can’t have that guy do two jobs and be in the dressing room at the same time,” he added further.

He warned that England might have to face similar thrashing in West Indies as they are set to travel West Indies for the 3-match series in March.

“When it comes to preparing for the tour of the West Indies – it’s a notoriously difficult place to prepare as a team because it doesn’t matter how long you’re out there, Practise facilities aren’t up to much and you don’t know what you’re going to have in terms of warm-up games,” he stated.

Before the test series, England will play 5-match T20I series against West Indies but none of the members from the Ashes squad will be part of the series as the series will start on January 23.

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Joe Root. File Photo
Joe Root. File Photo

Alastair Cook Weighs In On Joe Root’s Future As England’s Test Captain

Former England captain Alastair Cook has expressed his opinion regarding Joe Root’s future as captain as he said that Root should give himself some time to think before making any decision either way. Cook also opined that England paid a price for not paying much attention to test cricket in past few years.

On Sunday, the visitors suffered another batting collapse as they bowled out for 124, chasing the target of 271. So Australia retained the Ashes as they took the series by 4-0.

Ben Stokes, Joe Root ECB Twitter
Ben Stokes, Joe Root ECB Twitter

“Only Joe Root will know if he wants to continue as captain or not, and I respect his decision either way” – Cook

Writing a column for The Times, Cook expressed various thoughts on England’s Ashes campaign. Notable that Joe Root made it quite clear that he would want to continue as captain but Cook believes that those conversations don’t make much significance in the middle of the series.

“In press conferences since the defeat in Melbourne, Joe has said he wants to carry on. But that’s what you have to say while there are still two Tests to play.

“It may well be when he gets home, away from the heat of the international arena, and considers the reset that English red-ball cricket clearly needs, that he decides he too isn’t the right man to usher in a new era. Only Joe will know, and I respect his decision either way,” Cook wrote.

Though Cook isn’t surprised with all the hullabaloo as he said that it’s a normal thing for Australia or England- whoever ends up on the losing side.

File image of Alastair Cook. Reuters
File image of Alastair Cook. Reuters

“Whenever one of the two countries suffers a heavy Ashes defeat, a review inevitably follows – it happened with England in 2007 and 2014 and Australia in 2011,” he stated.

Also, Cook pointed out that Ashes defeat wasn’t a one-off for England as they had a tough year as a test team. England lost their both home series against New Zealand and India. They also lost an away series against India.

“2021 was the year that the neglect of red-ball cricket caught up with England. We got away with it in recent years because we usually won in English conditions and occasionally enjoyed a morale-boosting series victory overseas to paper over the cracks. In 2021, the cracks burst through the paper.

“Take out the series win against a weak Sri Lanka, and you are looking at two wins and nine defeats from 13 (and the two draws could have been losses but for the intervention of rain),” he concluded.

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Joe Root. File Photo
Joe Root. File Photo

Joe Root Who Went Unsold In IPL 2018 Mega Auction Hasn’t Registered For IPL 2022

Joe Root has once again passed on the opportunity to enter the IPL auction and hasn’t registered for the league. He went unsold in IPL 2018 mega auction.

The fans’ wait to see Joe Root participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been extended by at least one more year as the England Test captain has decided against entering the mega auction. Joe Root, who recently finished his five-match assignment against Australia, had recently hinted at entering the auction for the first time in 4 years.

Joe Root to sacrifice IPL in order to turn the fortunes of England's Test side.© AFP
Joe Root to sacrifice IPL in order to turn the fortunes of England’s Test side.© AFP

Joe Root Went Unsold In The IPL 2018 Mega Auction And Denies Entering IPL 2022 Mega Auctions

Joe Root is uncapped in IPL as he went unsold in the IPL 2018 mega auction. He hasn’t entered an IPL auction since and the chances of him playing in the T20 league are diminishing with every passing season. A number of England greats, including Alastair Cook, James Anderson, and Stuart Broad, didn’t play IPL. Though the likes of Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen earned huge amounts by taking part in the league.

England Test skipper Joe Root backs James Anderson , Twitter
England Test skipper Joe Root backs James Anderson, Twitter

The IPL 2022 mega auction is likely to take place on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru. The list of players up for grabs will be out once the 2 new teams announce their 3 respective picks.

During the presser after another defeat on the tour, Joe Root denied entering the auction and said that he ”will keep sacrificing as much he can.” “There’s a lot that we need to do for this team, which deserves all of my energy. I’ll keep sacrificing as much as I can because I care so much about Test cricket in our country and trying to get us to where we want to be,” the England skipper said.

England was thumped 0-4 in the recently concluded Ashes series but Joe Root insisted that he wants to continue as the captain as he has the ‘appetite’ for it. As a result, he will not be entering the IPL 2022 auction.

Mark Wood And Mitchell Starc May Feature In IPL 2022

While Joe Root has confirmed that he won’t be part of the mega auction, there is still no clear word on Mark Wood and Australia’s Mitchell Starc. Mark Wood was part of Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018 but hasn’t played the league since then. Mitchell Starc participated in IPL back in 2015. He was to make his comeback to the league in 2018 after being bought by Kolkata Knight Riders but was ruled out of the season due to an injury.

Mark Wood last played in the lucrative league back in 2018 for defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and withdrew from last year’s auction to spend time with his family. But, Mark Wood has already submitted his paperwork for the upcoming auction. Mark Wood reckoned the IPL provides a lot of learnings, and it will be good considering England has a really better one-day side.

Mark Wood. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Mark Wood. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Mitchell Starc is contemplating a return to the IPL for the first time since 2015 as he tries to juggle Australia’s Test commitments in the subcontinent with preparation for the T20 World Cup title defense at home in October. Speaking ahead of the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart, Mitchell Starc revealed he was seriously considering entering the IPL 2022 mega auction, which is scheduled for February.
Mitchell Starc has only played in two seasons of the IPL, back in 2014 and 2015 for Royal Challengers Bangalore, despite being one of the best and most valuable T20 bowlers in the world over the last seven years. He took 34 wickets in 27 matches for Royal Challengers at an economy rate of 7.16 and a strike rate of 17. Mark Wood has played only one match in the T20 league so far and it came for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 2018.
Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan

“Losing To A Better Team Is Acceptable But Supporters Can’t Accept When You Throw The Towel In”- Michael Vaughan

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has slammed England’s performance in the Ashes as the visitors collapsed once again in the 4th innings at Hobart as the hosts wrapped up the series by 4-0.

Chasing the target of 271, England openers put on a partnership of 68 runs but the rest of the batters failed to capitalize on that as they lost 10 wickets in space of 56 runs.

Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

“England make too many excuses”- Michael Vaughan

Speaking to Fox Sports, the Ashes 2005 winning captain Michael Vaughan was quite furious with the lack of fight shown by the visitors.

“People can accept losing when you’re playing a better team, and Australia’s a better team, but supporters can’t accept when you throw the towel in, Supporters and people in the game won’t accept when there’s no heart and fight. We saw it in Sydney and I thought Sydney was almost that turning point moment where people accepted it and said, wait a minute, it’s not been easy for the England side but they’ve still shown a huge amount of character, but a few days later in Hobart, they’ve thrown the towel in and that’s something only the players can answer to of why that happened,” Michael Vaughan said.

Vaughan also hit out to the criticism of loopholes in county cricket as he feels that these are just excuses as there can’t be any excuse for not making a single 300+ score in the 5-match series.

"Losing To A Better Team Is Acceptable But Supporters Can’t Accept When You Throw The Towel In"- Michael Vaughan 1
Australia’s Pat Cummins (L) celebrates dismissing England’s captain Joe Root (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

“I just think we’re in an era where we make too many excuses for too many people. When you see a team that loses its heart and fight there’s a problem. Now it’s easy to say the problem is the system in the UK, and that’s absolutely right to point out a few changes, but the problem is also inwardly with the players who are playing and they lost the fight and where did they lose that fight?” Vaughan added.

England hasn’t won a test match in Australia since January 2011. Though Vaughan said that there is no doubt that previous era England teams used to face similar results but they used to put up more fight than this current England side. In the 2013-14 tour, England was whitewashed by 0-5, similarly, in the 2017-18 tour, they were beaten by 0-4.

“I used to watch the Ashes in the 90s, yes England were losing but they were competing. The last tours we’ve lost 5-0, 4-0, but I always thought for a couple of days England competed and showed a bit of fight. Whereas on this tour it’s been so predictable that you watch and as soon as the ball does anything you just felt they were going to get blown away,” he added.

England’s next assignment in tests will 3-match series in West Indies in March-April.

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Ashes Urn Photo:

WV Raman Criticized Former England Skippers For Blaming IPL For Ashes 2021/22 Defeat

WV Raman took a dig against pundits and ex-England players who claimed the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be the reason behind the dismal show by England in Ashes.

Joe Root-led England was thrashed 4-0 in the five-match series, losing the final Test at Hobart by 146 runs after a dramatic batting collapse.

Joe Root. File Photo
Joe Root. File Photo

WV Raman Criticized Former England Skippers For Blaming IPL For Ashes Defeat As The Hundred Won’t Help Them Win The WTC Either

Former India cricketer WV Raman in a series of tweets slammed the performance by England, calling it “shambolic”. WV Raman also took a dig against former England captains for particularly attacking the IPL, stating that “we are to assume that The Hundred will help them win WTC.”

After England’s defeat in the final 5th Test at Hobart, former England captain David Gower slammed the England players for preferring the Indian Premier League over the country. David Gower noted that Joe Root is not getting enough support from his teammates.

“Joe Root finds himself with people unavailable, because where are they? The IPL. What good is that for English Test cricket?! This is the oldest, more important form of the game, we need to defend it,” he said.

WV Raman PC: Twitter
WV Raman PC: Twitter

Meanwhile, Australian great Ian Chappell feels the just-concluded Test series between India and South Africa involved the kind of emotion that the lop-sided Ashes lacked completely. Beaten comprehensively in the three-match series opener, South Africa bounced back in style to claim the rubber 2-1 after convincing victories in the second and third Test against their fancied opponents.

“South Africa surprisingly defeated India in an old-fashioned dogfight that included some enthralling cricket. It also involved ample emotion of the sort that has notably been missing from an Ashes contest that has been surprisingly uncontroversial so far,” Chappell wrote in his column.

The former Australia captain added, “The South Africa series featured bowling domination on pitches that were probably too much in favour of the fielding side, but there was also some exquisite batting.” 

Australia’s seamers, sparked by an electric Cameron Green spell, ran through England to win the fifth and final Test in Hobart by 146 runs inside three days and seal the Ashes 4-0.

Cameron Green, Scott Boland, And Pat Cummins Took 3 Wickets Apiece To Dismiss England For 124

Despite Mark Wood’s best efforts to keep his side in the contest with a six-wicket haul that contained England’s target to 271, the tourist was found sorely wanting as they lost 10 wickets for 56 runs in 22.5 overs.
Cameron Green (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Cameron Green (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Rory Burns and Zak Crawley started the chase brightly enough, but once Cameron Green dismissed Rory Burns on the stroke of tea, they collapsed to be all out for 124. Cameron Green finished with 3 for 21, while Scott Boland and Pat Cummins also took three wickets apiece in a dominant display by Australia.

Australia 303 (Head 101, Green 74) and 155 (Carey 48, Wood 6-37) beat England 188 (Cummins 4-45) and 124 (Boland 3-18, Green 3-21, Cummins 3-42) by 146 runs

England’s Ollie Robinson Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters
England’s Ollie Robinson Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters

Ollie Robinson Must Improve His Fitness Says Bowling Coach; England 188 In Reply To Australia’s 303

Ollie Robinson must improve his fitness to deal with the demands of Test cricket, bowling coach Jon Lewis said after the 28-year-old suffered a back spasm on the opening day of the final Ashes Test against Australia on Friday.

Ollie Robinson took two early wickets in Hobart, sending back David Warner and Steve Smith for a duck, but later sustained the back problem that limited his bowling to eight overs.

Ollie Robinson PA Images via Getty Images
Ollie Robinson PA Images via Getty Images

Ollie Robinson Must Improve His Fitness: Jon Lewis

Australia, who enjoy an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-Test series, ended the first day of the pink-ball contest on 241-6. Ollie Robinson has taken 37 wickets in eight Tests for England since his debut against New Zealand at Lord’s in June last year. Jon Lewis said the team was hoping Ollie Robinson could recover overnight and return to bowling on Saturday.
“(His fitness) is something he needs to improve”, Lewis said. “He’s got a record of playing a lot of games of county cricket but international cricket is of higher intensity and you play it all year round.
Travis Head of Australia scores a century during day one of the Fifth Test in the Ashes series between Australia and England Image Source : GETTY
Travis Head of Australia scores a century during day one of the Fifth Test in the Ashes series between Australia and England Image Source: GETTY
“So he’s got to get used to understanding what it takes to be a full-time year-round international cricketer and playing that extra day, five days of Test cricket. Those things can come and go so we’re hoping with treatment overnight he can come back tomorrow and be free enough to bowl.”
Australia resumed innings on 241 for 6 on the second day of the 5th Ashes Test in Hobart. The rain and bad weather forced early stumps on Friday (1st Day) after Travis Head’s rapid hundred and a gritty half-century from Cameron Green put the host in a comfortable position.

Pat Cummins Picks 4 Scalps To Restrict England to 188 After Travis Head’s 101 See Australia Cross 300 Run Mark

Travis Head, who scored 152 in the opening test at Brisbane and missed the previous Test for Covid-19, counterpunched England’s early success with an aggressive 101 off 113 balls in the day-night test as Australia came back strongly after losing the toss. Cameron Green contributed an authoritative 74 and Marnus Labuschagne scored a rapid 44 before the rain arrived around half an hour after tea and prevented further play.
Pat Cummins Credit: AAP
Pat Cummins Credit: AAP
Mitchell Starc took 3 scalps while Pat Cummins picked 4 as England was bowled out at 188 after Australia was bowled out for 303. Chris Woakes’ 36, Joe Root’s 34, and debutant Sam Billings’ 29 were England’s notable contributors with the bat in hand.
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Chris Silverwood Getty Images

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

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.

Ben Stokes, Joe Root ECB Twitter
Ben Stokes, Joe Root ECB Twitter

I Think Joe Root Is The Man To Captain The Side – Shane Warne

The legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne still believes that Joe Root should continue as England test captain. Noteworthy that the pressure has been surrounding Joe Root since England again failed to win a Test match in the ongoing Ashes.

Australia regained the Ashes with an innings win at Melbourne though England put up some fight in the 4th test as they managed to draw the match to avoid the possibility of a whitewash. This is Joe Root’s second Ashes series in Australia as a captain but he failed to win a single test out of 9 matches. Overall he led England in 60 test matches with 27 wins and 24 losses.

Joe Root. File Photo
Joe Root. File Photo

Root hasn’t won a Test as captain in Australia

Since England couldn’t get the Ashes back even in the home series under his captaincy, there are talks if it’s the right time to hand over Ben Stokes the captaincy. However, Shane Warne still backs Root to do the job as he believes in his prime batting but Warne insisted that he would need some help from the team management.

“I think Joe Root is the man to captain the side. I think he should remain as captain. What he needs, though, is not sports science people or data. He can have those people in the background. But what he needs around him is hard, Test match players, who have been there and know the game of cricket,” Shane Warne spoke to TalkSport.

Joe Root also hadn’t played an impactful knock in Australia as he is yet to score a test century in 13 Tests he played down under.

“They can help him with tactics and strategy. If you surround him with a few of those people, you’ll see the best of Root. You would have to say there’s not enough good cricket knowledge people around him,” he added.

Ben Stokes (right) insists he has no desire to succeed Joe Root as England Test captain. Photograph: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP
Ben Stokes (right) insists he has no desire to succeed Joe Root as England Test captain. Photograph: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AP

Warne further pointed out that England didn’t play to their potential as they tactically lagged behind. He stated that England missed out on the trick by not playing Stuart Broad in the Ashes opener at Brisbane. Broad is the only England bowler to take a fifer in this Ashes as he picked 5/101 in the Sydney Test. He also pointed out that David Warner had struggled against Broad and having him could have set things differently for England.

England will be disappointed with the way they’ve played. They could’ve played a lot better. But I think Australia have been absolutely outstanding as well. I just think England have got a lot of the basics wrong.

“How does Stuart Broad not play that first Test? When you think of the 2019 Ashes series and what Broad did to David Warner, he owned him. When they announced Broad wasn’t playing, how do you think Warner felt? The selections have just been horrific, really. They haven’t got any of them right,” Warne said.

The fifth and final test of the Ashes will be played from January 14 at Hobart.

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