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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

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.

Also read “I Am Not Worried About What Happened In That 2018 Series”-Temba Bavuma

Virat Kohli’s stump-mic comments have attracted plenty of criticism | Screengrab
Virat Kohli’s stump-mic comments have attracted plenty of criticism | Screengrab

Adam Gilchrist And Shane Warne React To Virat Kohli’s Stump Microphone Comments

Adam Gilchrist weighed in on the episode of Virat Kohli speaking on the stump microphone, saying that Virat Kohli’s frustration was ‘brewing’ until it reached a point of no return, while former legendary spinner Shane Warne condemned the India captain’s jibe.

Virat Kohli letting it rip on the stump microphone following the DRS episode that gave Dean Elgar a lifeline continues to receive a plethora of reactions. While Michael Vaughan said Virat Kohli needs to be fined or suspended for his outburst, former South Africa batsman Daryll Cullinan feels that the India captain has been getting away for his actions for far too long and wants him ‘severely punished’.

Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne spoke about Virat Kohli's antics. (Getty/Reuters)
Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne spoke about Virat Kohli’s antics. (Getty/Reuters)

Adam Gilchrist: Indian Skipper’s Frustration Was Building Or Brewing And Got To Breaking Point

Reactions continue to pour in from across the globe, most notably Down Under(Australia), where two of Australia’s greatest former cricketers and legends Shane Warner and Adam Gilchrist have given their take in the matter. Former Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist weighed in on the episode, saying that the Indian skipper’s frustration was ‘brewing’ until it reached a point of no return.

Adam Gilchrist (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Adam Gilchrist (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

“That accusation there I am interested in Warnie; this seems a bit premeditated. This has been building or brewing and it has got to a breaking point. That accusation about filming teams shining the ball I am assuming it goes all the way back to that very ground when the Australians were caught out on camera,” said Adam Gilchrist.

South Africa skipper Dean Elgar was adjudged LBW on the field by the umpire Marais Erasmus, however, the left-hander decided to review it. The ball was hitting him in the line of the stumps, but it was going over the stumps which surprised everyone, including Marais Erasmus who shockingly looked at the replays and mouthed, “That is impossible.”

Shane Warne: Sometimes Frustration Overflows And One Can’t Take It Anymore

Shane Warne admitted that the delivery looked like hitting the stumps saying that is going on to smash halfway up middle though, there is no way that’s going over. The former leg-spinner, especially given the fact that he is the ‘captain of an international team’, followed it up by pointing out the frustration element which increased with time.

Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne – Getty Images

“Look it is an interesting one, I am not sure that should be happening from a captain of an international team. But sometimes frustration overflows, you just get so frustrated and that’s why I said I wonder if that has happened three or four times through the series, and that was like okay that is enough now we can’t have it anymore,” said Warne.

Frustrated by the same, Virat Kohli went up to the stumps and shouted, “Focus on your team as well when they shine the ball eh, not just the opposition. Trying to catch people all the time.” KL Rahul joined and was heard in the background saying, “It’s the whole country against 11 guys.” While the bowler off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin returning to his bowling mark said, “You should find better ways to win, SuperSport.”

Virat Kohli asking the host broadcaster to roll cameras on the home team while shining the ball reminded many of the ball-tampering scandal (2018 Sandpaper Gate) that hit Australian cricket in 2018 on the South Africa tour itself. Virat Kohli is an international skipper and venting out frustrations of that kind was unacceptable, according to Shane Warne who also added that it was a one-off incident and revealed he won’t take more accusations.

The likes of Gautam Gambhir, Shreevats Goswami, and Morne Morkel slammed the Indian cricket captain for his behaviour. India lost the third Test match by seven wickets.

James Anderson, left, and Stuart Broad were still standing at the end of the Test RICK RYCROFT/AP
James Anderson, left, and Stuart Broad were still standing at the end of the Test RICK RYCROFT/AP

James Anderson Suggested That ‘Stressed’ Stuart Broad Was Confident That The Former Would Survive The Final Over Of 4th Ashes Test

James Anderson and Stuart Broad, the England team’s senior pace campaigners showcased immense composure with the bat to help England salvage a famous draw against Australia in the penultimate Ashes Test. The rearguard action from the English duo came in the 4th Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Stuart Broad took to his social media accounts to react to the thrilling finish. In one of the pictures shared by Stuart Broad, he was captured heaving a sigh of relief after the closely fought battle. The opposite  James Anderson’s comments on the post caught the attention of many fans. The veteran pacer cheekily suggested that Stuart Broad was confident that James Anderson would survive the final over and save the Test for their side.

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

James Anderson Suggested That Stuart Broad Was Confident The Former Would Survive The Final Over But The Latter Admitted He Was Nervous

Stuart Broad, in his reply, mentioned how he was quite nervous instead. James Anderson had the challenging task of saving his wicket in the ultimate over on Day 5. The 39-year-old rose to the occasion and played out Steve Smith’s entire over to draw the Sydney Test. England eked out a nail-biting draw in the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney as Stuart Broad frustrated the Australians, helping the tourists return 270/9 at the close of play on the final day.

England's Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)
England’s Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)

Stuart Broad also played a crucial role with the bat as he hung on for 35 deliveries and was instrumental in England eking out a thrilling draw against their arch-rivals. England’s lower order denied Australia a victory in the 4th Ashes Test. Along with Stuart Broad and James Anderson, Jack Leach also played a handy role with his knock of 26 from 35 deliveries.

Stuart Broad hung around in the middle for 35 deliveries and found able support from Jack Leach, who survived 34 balls before getting out to Steve Smith on 26. James Anderson was the other batter to return unbeaten with Stuart Broad as England’s number eleven played the final six deliveries of the day.

Stuart Broad quoted alongside the last pair’s photo on Instagram in which he captioned, “Test Cricket. Battle for 5 days & it comes down to the last ball. Loved playing at the S.C.G. Special place.” James Anderson was quick to react to the post as he left a comment, which read: “Looks like you had a lot of faith in me.”, but Stuart Broad replied that he was stressed.

Michael Vaughan Praised Huge Courage Shown By England To Draw 4th Test

Former England captain Michael Vaughan commended Joe Root and co. for their courageous outing against the in-form Aussies to save the fourth Test. He wrote on Twitter that while a draw might not make much difference at this juncture, the visitors were impressive and showed a fighting spirit. High-quality half-centuries from Zak Crawley and Ben Stokes and a brave 105-ball 41 from Jonny Bairstow had earlier put England in a position to save the Test.

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

Michael Vaughan wrote: “That’s a step in the right direction .. Huge courage shown by the England side this week .. A draw might not seem much when you are 3-0 down but to me it is .. well done Joe Root & the team .. that’s what spirit is all about .. Ashes.”

The two cricketing giants will resume their battle for one-upmanship on Friday, January 14. England and Australia will lock horns in the fifth and final Test of the ongoing Ashes series in Hobart. Australia has already clinched the series and is 3-0 up.

England 294 (Bairstow 113, Stokes 66, Boland 4-36) and 9 for 270 (Crawley 77, Stokes 60, Boland 3-30) drew with Australia 8 for 416 dec (Khawaja 137, Smith 67, Broad 5-101) and 6 for 265 declared (Khawaja 101*, Green 74, Leach 4-84)

Michael Vaughan. (Image Credits: Getty)
Michael Vaughan. (Image Credits: Getty)

Michael Vaughan In Favour Of Zak Crawley Being Given A Longer Run In Tests After His Impressive 77 In 2nd Innings Of 4th Test

Michael Vaughan, the former England captain on Sunday said that opening batter Zak Crawley can seriously play and he needs to be given a consistent run in the Three Lions squad.

Michael Vaughan’s remarks came as Zak Crawley impressed one and all with his 77-run knock in the second innings of the ongoing fourth Ashes Test here at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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

Michael Vaughan: Zak Crawley Needs To Be Given A Long Run In England’s Test Team

Opener Zak Crawley replaced Rory Burns in the English Test team after the poor batting technique and performance of the latter in the first few Ashes games. Meanwhile, Zak Crawley scored just 18 runs in the first innings of the Sydney Cricket Ground Ashes Test, however, in the second innings he looked amazing and smashed brilliant 77 runs off 100 balls including 13 boundaries.

Zak Crawley made a promising start to his career with a stellar 267 against Pakistan at Southampton. Although he averaged 52.73 amassing 580 runs in 7 Tests in 2020, his average dipped to a low in 2021, where he averaged a mere 10.81 managing only 173 runs in 8 Tests. He will want to silence his critics in 2022.

“Zak Crawley can seriously play … Not many positives from this Tour but he is certainly one who needs to be given a long run in this Test team,” tweeted Michael Vaughan.

Zak Crawley-Twitter
Zak Crawley-Twitter

Former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody replied to Michael Vaughan’s tweet and stated that young talent needs to be given an opportunity to grow in Test cricket. He also mentioned the name of Ollie Pope and opined he needs to be given more opportunities.

To this tweet, former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody replied: “I’d agree with you, once you identify the young talent they need the opportunity to grow into test cricket, Ollie Pope is the other.”

Defending a target of 388, Australia is only two wickets away from beating England in the ongoing fourth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday. Zak Crawley scored a fine 77 while Ben Stokes also scored a fighting fifty.

Scott Boland has taken 3 scalps while Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon have taken two wickets each and Cameron Green also bagged a wicket, so far.  England is presently 247/8 chasing a stiff 388. England needs a further 141 runs to win with 2 wickets remaining.

Usman Khawaja Scored Centuries In Both Innings

Usman Khawaja scored his second century of the match to place Australia in a commanding position. The Pakistan-born Usman Khawaja has been in imperious form in his comeback from a 30-month Test exile, hitting 137 in the first innings before adding an unbeaten 101 to break English hearts.

Usman Khawaja celebrates making 100 runs against England during the fourth day of their Ashes cricket test match in Sydney.(AP)
Usman Khawaja celebrates making 100 runs against England during the fourth day of their Ashes cricket test match in Sydney. (AP) 

His domineering 179-run partnership with youngster Cameron Green set up a late declaration and left a beleaguered England having to defy history with a formidable target of 388.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne

Shane Warne Blasted Ashes 2021/22 Players For Being Too Friendly

Shane Warne has blasted Ashes players for being “too friendly” and believes it has cost England any semblance of a competitive edge this summer. Cameras have routinely shown Australian and English players conversing in friendly conversation out in the middle before the start of play each day.

Shane Warne said there’s time and a place to spend time with your mates, but emphasized that in the middle of the career-defining Ashes series, it shouldn’t happen. The cameras were on David Warner and Mark Wood out in the middle before the start of play at the SCG on Thursday. The pair were enjoying a friendly chat which prompted some strong remarks from the Fox Cricket commentary team.

Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne – Getty Images

Shane Warne: Don’t Think England Have Been Aggressive Enough, I’d Like Them To Get In The Face Of Australia A Bit More

Legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne believes that the England National Cricket Team hasn’t been aggressive enough against Australia in the ongoing Ashes 2021/22 and he wants the Joe Root-led side to get “in the face of Australia a bit more”.

“The relationship between the two teams has been quite amicable, hasn’t it,” Adam Gilchrist said.

Shane Warne then interjected: “Too friendly for my mine. When I say too friendly, let me clarify that – I think the series is played in great spirit and we want to see that camaraderie, I think back to 2005 Ashes, the spirit between both sides was outstanding and the skill on display captured the imagination of all the public, everywhere around the world.”

“But I don’t know about this (Warner and Wood talking in the middle) just before the game. I don’t think England have been aggressive enough, I’d like them to get in the face of Australia a bit more and come out a bit harder. They’re staying in the same hotel, probably sitting around bumping into each other because they can’t do anything, they see each other at the ground and are way too friendly and familiar,” said Shane Warne.

David Warner. Credits: Twitter
David Warner. Credits: Twitter

“When you’re friendly with someone it’s pretty hard when you’ve got the ball in your hand down the other end to think ‘Oh he’s not a bad bloke this bloke’ and you don’t go easy on him but you haven’t got that extra (edge), I wanted the batsmen to hate me, I wanted them to absolutely hate me and smash me out of the park because then I had an edge,” said Shane Warne.

Joe Root-led England has performed terribly and has already lost the 5-match Ashes series by losing the first three games. 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.

Michael Vaughan Stressed That The Players Are Friendly For Playing In Franchise Leagues Together

England has been thumped in the opening three Tests of the summer and it appears only rain can save them from going down 4-0 in Sydney this weekend.

“You’ve got to be careful to not lose your edge,“ Shane Warne continued.

“They’re all competitive and they all want to get out there but don’t lose that edge of wanting to knock the opposition over and bury them, and when you’ve got them in this position – put the foot on their throat because you’re going to play them again. Australia haven’t won in England for ages. They’re too nice.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan then pointed out why times may have changed.

“It’s a different era, these players play a lot together in all these different franchise leagues so they know each other probably better than we did in our day,” Vaughan said.

“People say New Zealand are the nicest team in the world and they’re doing pretty well at the moment, I completely get that argument as well but I’m a little bit with Shane. This England team, they haven’t batted well enough to be hostile in the field, they haven’t had enough runs to put the Aussies under enough pressure but I just think they’ve been a little bit too nice.”

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

Shane Warne then referenced former skipper Allan Border’s famous approach in the late 80s that led to an era of dominance for the Aussies.

“I go back a long while and I know it was a completely different era and all that… 1989 Ashes,” Shane Warne said.

“Australia and England used to drink together, on rest days in Test they used to all hang out together, that’s all too nice, AB came in 1989 and said ‘Right, don’t even talk to them’. They were still all mates but he changed things… 93 the same thing, he said don’t even talk to them, you’re not even allowed to talk in the morning. Knowing AB he would have dropped you (if you were caught talking).”

“If you walked out on the field and Graham Gooch said ‘G’day mate’, you’d just keep walking, you wouldn’t even talk to him and suddenly England said ‘These Aussies won’t even talk to us’ but it annoyed them.”

“After the game you’d have a beer with them, no problem. And on the field, no problem if played in the right spirit. But they’re not your mates when you’re playing, they’re not your friends. After the game, sure they’re your mates.”

“But when you’re playing cricket for you country in an Ashes series where your whole career is defined by what sort of player you are, I’m sorry but I don’t like it and I think back to when Australia turned it around when England were hammering Australia hammered England all the time it was ‘don’t even talk to them’ and Australia dominated England for a long period of time. Now since we’ve gone nicey nice, Australia haven’t won in England for a long time.”

Meanwhile, former England captain Michael Vaughan mentioned that the Ashes players are too friendly because they play a lot of franchise cricket together. However, he added that he is on Shane Warne’s side and said that the ” players been a little bit too nice.” Shane Warne highlighted that Allan Border would have dropped a player if he was caught talking to the opposition.

Jonny Bairstow saved England the blushes with a counter-attacking seventh Test century on the third day of the fourth Test at the SCG. England is 258/7 in reply to Australia’s 416/8 declared.

Michael Vaughan. (Image Credits: Getty)
Michael Vaughan. (Image Credits: Getty)

Michael Vaughan Reckons Justin Langer Is Doing A Fantastic Job As Australia’s Head Coach

Michael Vaughan, the former England captain has advised Australia against ending head coach Justin Langer’s tenure when his contract ends in mid-2022. Michael Vaughan believes Justin Langer has done a commendable job since taking the team’s charge three years ago.

Cricket Australia will decide whether or not to extend Justin Langer’s tenure after the ongoing Ashes 2021/22 series. While the West Australian intends to continue in the role and has done remarkably well, the board could replace Justin Langer.

Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Michael Vaughan Reckons Justin Langer’s Doing A Fantastic Job And If He Was Cricket Australia, He Would Sign Him Up For 2 More Years

Michael Vaughan said that Australia must extend Justin Langer’s contract. Justin Langer, Australia coach had earlier hinted that he would seek an extension of his four-year contract, expiring in June 2022, saying he “loves his job”. Justin Langer had faced criticism for his coaching methods from the players but now has a Twenty20 World Cup in his CV besides adding the coveted Ashes Trophy 2021/22 win to it.

The 47-year old feels the national team might suffer from Langer’s departure, so he should stay for two more years, saying: “I would jump at the chance. Be careful what you wish for – that’s all I’ll say. The grass is not always greener, and Justin Langer, from what I see – he’s doing a fantastic job. If I was Cricket Australia, I’d sign him up for at least a couple more years.”

Australia wins 2021 T20I World Cup In UAE [Aamir Qureshi/AFP]
Australia wins 2021 T20I World Cup In UAE [Aamir Qureshi/AFP]
Justin Langer came under serious pressure after last year’s home series loss to India. The 51-year old’s fraught relationship with the players also emerged. However, he boosted his chances of remaining with the team following the World T20 and Ashes 2021/22 wins.

Opener David Warner fired another shot at his critics and Mitchell Marsh scored a quickfire half-century as Australia cruised to its maiden T20 World Cup triumph, beating New Zealand by eight wickets.

Justin Langer was given the job to overhaul the team’s culture and regain the respect of the Australian public after the ball-tampering scandal of 2018 (Sandpaper Gate) which saw then skipper Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft banned for a year or so.

Michael Vaughan Suggests England May Appoint Justin Langer As Coach If Australia Doesn’t Want Him To Continue

Michael Vaughan also backs Justin Langer to lead Australia to an Ashes victory in England next year, trusting his knowledge and experience.

However, he also feels the 105-Test veteran would be a perfect fit for England’s coach, saying: “He’d take all that information to make sure that in 2023, Australia go on to win the Ashes convincingly in English conditions because they’ve got the squad and the mentality around the group with Justin’s kind of leadership to go on and do so. But if you don’t want him, yeah, we’ll have him.”

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

Australia has won the Ashes for the third time in a row as they lead the five-match series 3-0. They have beaten England convincingly in all three Tests.

In the ongoing Test, Usman Khawaja departed after scoring a fantastic century on return to Test cricket to power Australia to 416/8 declared in the first innings while Stuart Broad took a brilliant five-wicket haul on Day 2 of the 4th Ashes Test at the SCG.

Usman Khawaja was added to the Australia squad after middle-order batter Travis Head returned positive for COVID-19 last week. This is also Usman Khawaja’s first international match since the 2019 Ashes in England.

Australia has made one forced change in their XI for the 4th Test match as Usman Khawaja has replaced middle-order batter Travis Head who was ruled out for this match after testing positive for Covid-19. Meanwhile, pacer Scott Boland has been retained in the XI as Josh Hazlewood still hasn’t recovered from injury.

Michael Vaughan. (Image Credits: Getty)
Michael Vaughan. (Image Credits: Getty)

Michael Vaughan Terms England’s Abject Surrender In Ashes 2021/22 As “Embarrassing”

Michael Vaughan has laid into England following their “embarrassing” defeat to Australia in the Ashes. England  now have nothing but pride to play for in Sydney and Hobart

England was beaten by an innings and 14 runs in the third Test as Australia took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series to retain the urn.

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

Michael Vaughan: England Failed To Stop The Australian Juggernaut

Former captain Michael Vaughan accused England of showing a lack of focus on Test cricket in recent years, insisting that England is yet to find any kind of consistency or skill in the Ashes 2021/22 series.

Michael Vaughan said: “England – they’ve got some big problems. That was embarrassing.”

“They’re a group of players that pride themselves on competing and they’ve just not managed to find any kind of consistency or skill. They’ve not been able to manage this powerhouse of a team. The juggernaut started in Brisbane and they’ve not been able to stop the Australian juggernaut,” said Michael Vaughan.

England, PTI
England, PTI

“This Test match team for quite a while has not been good enough. They’ve not been focused enough on the Test match team, the focus has been on the white ball team and it delivered a world cup, but we’re not a good enough cricketing nation to take our eye off the ball of Test match cricket.

“We can’t just arrive and play. I would say that with the group I’m seeing and the way they’re playing, if they don’t beat England in 2023 I’d be amazed,” said Michael Vaughan.

Australia finished the job within a session on day three, with debutant Scott Boland taking a remarkable 6-7 from just four overs, Mitchell Starc picking up 3-29, and all-rounder Cameron Green taking the final wicket.

Joe Root Admits Australia Blew England Away

England captain Joe Root admitted that Australia blew England away and had simply outplayed his side throughout the series. Joe Root’s men were the fastest to surrender the Urn after they were skittled out for a meagre 68 on day 3 of the third Test to lose the match by an innings and 14 runs. England had lost the first two Tests by nine wickets and 275 runs at Brisbane and Adelaide respectively.

Speaking at the post-match presentation, Joe Root said: “All you can do is try and front up to it and concentrate of putting in good performances on the field and credit to Australia, they blew us away last night and have outplayed us in this Test and in the series so far. We’ve got a lot of hard work to do to make sure we come back in the last two games.”

Joe Root. File Photo
Joe Root. File Photo

England batted first and was bowled out for 185 in the 1st innings. Joe Root scored 50, the highest of any other batsman. In response, Australia posted 267-10 with a 76-run knock by Marcus Harris. having an 82-run lead, England was bowled out for a miserable 68 in the 2nd innings with Joe Root again top-scoring with 28.

The visitors England was bundled out for a humiliating 68 to hand Australia the Ashes urn as apart from Joe Root (28) and Ben Stokes (11) none registered even double-digit figures.

Australian debutant pacer Scott Boland took six wickets in the second innings as Australia crushed England by an innings and 14 runs in the third Test to retain the Ashes. The Victorian pacer returned with figures of 4-1-7-6 as Australia bowled England out for 68 in the second innings to retain the Ashes with two matches to go. He returned with match figures of 7/55 to deservingly winning Man of the Match.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 23: Michael Vaughan of the BBC commentary team laughs as he waits to speak on air before play on day one of the First Test Match of the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at The Gabba on November 23, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

They’ve Not Focused Enough On The Test Match Team- Michael Vaughan On England’s Ashes Debacle

Former England captain Michael Vaughan blamed England’s lack of preparation for their debacle in the ongoing Ashes as the visitors faced another hammering defeat on Tuesday at Melbourne.

On the third day of the Melbourne, Australia took another 80 minutes to bundle England out for 68 as the hosts took the unassailable lead of 3-0 to retain the Ashes.

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

Vaughan blamed it for lack of preparation by the visitors and he also pointed out that England shifted their focus to white-ball cricket in the past couple of years. Former England is also not too optimistic about England’s chance in the next Ashes series (in 2023) at home.

“It’s not easy in these times, the England side didn’t have a great preparation but if you want to look for excuses, you can,” Michael Vaughan spoke to Fox Cricket after Melbourne Test.


“For some time now, this Test match team has not been good enough. They’ve not focused enough on the Test match team, the focus has been more on white-ball cricket – and it delivered a World Cup (win in 2019)” he added.

This Melbourne defeat was the 9th loss for Joe Root & Co. in this calendar as they equalled Bangladesh’s record of most defeats in a calendar year.

“But we’re not a good enough cricketing nation to take our eye off the ball in Test cricket and expect to arrive and play (in Australia),” Vaughan said.

“I would say with the group that I’ve seen and the way they’re playing, I’d be amazed if (Australia) don’t beat England in English conditions in 2023,” he added further.

England hadn’t won a Test in Australia since January 2011 as they lost 12 out of the last 13 Test matches down under. Vaughan warned England that they might have to face worse times ahead as the experienced pace duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad are on the verge of retirement.

England are a long way short and it could take some even worse times – (Stuart) Broad and (Jimmy) Anderson are going to retire soon – before it gets better,” said the Ashes 2005 winning captain.

England couldn’t cross the 300-mark on a single occasion in 6 innings so far in this series. Though the bowling attack did well in the third test as James Anderson & Co. bowled Australia out for 267 but the batters couldn’t back it up.

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England’s Batting Collapses Are Too Frequent And They Can’t Blame On The Pitch Or The Toss- Nasser Hussain

Former England captain Nasser Hussain slammed England for another dismal performance on the first day of the Ashes as the visitors were bowled out for 185.

England is currently trailing by 0-2 in the series and now they have to win the remaining three tests to regain the Ashes. But it’s looking unlikely as the hosts already scored 61/1 at the close of the first day’s play.

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

England made as many as 4 changes in the XI for this do-or-die game but it didn’t turn their fortunes at least on the day of the Melbourne Test. Barring a fifty from the captain Joe Root, there wasn’t much to show in England’s scorecard. Reviewing the first day’s play, former England captain Nasser Hussain was quite critical of Joe Root & Co.

“If it were a one-off you could blame the sub-par total of 185 on the pitch or the toss but it is happening all too often,” wrote Nasser Hussain in his column for the Daily Mail.

Hussain also pointed out how some unforced errors from England batters cost them at a crucial time.

The biggest concern was the mixture of poor technique – Hameed was rooted to his crease and played with low hands and Crawley’s bat came across the line – and poor shots, especially from the senior players. Notably, Ben Stokes trying to ramp Cameron Green over the slip cordon and Jos Buttler coming down to Nathan Lyon in the over before tea.”

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

They’ve got pretty much everything wrong- Vaughan

However, Hussain showed some sympathy for England bowlers as they couldn’t do much damage on a spicy pitch.

Yet again England were left on the first day with the bowlers needing to bail them out of trouble. They are constantly bowling without runs on the board and when that happens there can be a tendency for bowlers to become a bit defensive and not want to go for boundaries. Or then suddenly go searching for wickets because they are chasing the game,” Hussain wrote.

Another former England captain Michael Vaughan also opined similar thoughts as he blamed their tactics and selections for the dismal first day.

So far the only thing they’ve done right on the trip is turn up on time. They’ve got pretty much everything wrong – selection, tactics have not quite been right.” Vaughan spoke to Fox Sports.

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