CHRIS SILVERWOOD still believes he is the right man to lead England out of the agony of the ashes.
Despite a the error-filled confusion of a campaign, Silverwood has no plans to reconsider his position as head coach or even accept that England have twice picked the wrong team.
He said there was an honest interview after they broke up, Defeat 275 times in the Second Test where “something was thrown around” – although he meant words, not objects.
Silverwood has the impression that “really good talk in the dressing room” is proof that England can change course and that he is doing very well.
Request Can he help England improve?, Silverwood affirms: “Yes, I believe I can do it. We have had genuine conversations and I believe I have the right coaches around to make that happen.
“When you take a job like this, you accept the buzz. That’s what it is.
“Do I believe I am the right man? Yes, I do, otherwise I wouldn’t have taken the job in the first place. You’re under constant pressure, aren’t you? ”
Silverwood is a likable man with enormous power as he is also the main pick.
But it’s hard to get rid of the thought that Captain Joe Root needs a stronger character as a coach, someone who doesn’t mind turning on the hair dryer.
With the white team, captain Eoin Morgan fulfills that role. Neither player has any liberties with Morgan, so Silverwood could be a good cop.
Root criticized the players – including Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson, without actually naming them – after Monday’s loss.
But he doesn’t possess Morgan’s sharp edge and also lacks real instincts or the original cricket crowing.
There is no indication that Silverwood is capable of quick thinking. So England need a tough player with an excellent cricket brain.
If I was in charge of the ECB, I would go to former Australian captain Ricky Ponting with a blank check and ask him to run the England team – although he would almost certainly say no.
THEY HAVE EVERYTHING THEY WANT IN THIS TRAVEL
It seems like Silverwood doesn’t want to upset players, especially in these Covid times.
But, dammit, they have everything they want on this trip – international business class flights, city charters, top hotels, plus their wives, family, and partners.
There isn’t a single person who covers this tour without thinking England is lousy.
It was clear that Broad was supposed to play in the 9-wicket First Test loss in Brisbane to cameraman Jack Leach – and equally obviously Leach and Mark Wood should have played in Adelaide.
It may not change the outcome but such basic mistakes make Australian life easier. So drop the catches, get the rackets without the ball and the weak shots will crash.
But Silverwood insists: “That’s the beauty of sport, isn’t it? It divides opinions.
I don’t accept we were wrong. I’m happy with our attack in both games.
“We play the spin in Brisbane because we want diversity in our attack – and I think that’s the right thing to do.
“Then in the pink ball game, we play all the tailors. We have some very strong hunters with a lot of experience, so we’ve chosen what we believe is the best attack to take down.
“No, I do not accept that we were wrong. We have chosen the best attack for the conditions. I am satisfied with our attack in both matches. ”
He added: “We had two crashes and we needed to get things right. We had a nice talk in the dressing room, which is healthy and necessary.
“I think there are some lessons to be learned. We have to get better – it’s as simple as that. ”
Meanwhile, Australia added fast pitcher Scott Boland to their squad for the Boxing Day test as Josh Hazlewood remains suspected with a side injury.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17111045/england-cricket-chris-silverwood-ashes/ England head Chris Silverwood insists he is ‘the right man for the job’ despite Ashes’ successive hammer blows