England coach Silverwood wants to stay after Ashes debacle

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17/01/202214:07
Chris Silverwood has backed Joe Root to stay on as England captain
Chris Silverwood has backed Joe Root to stay on as England captain

Chris Silverwood says he wants to continue as England coach despite the side's humiliating 4-0 Ashes loss in Australia, and has also backed Joe Root to continue as captain of his country.

England ended the series with yet another batting collapse, losing all 10 wickets for the addition of just 56 more runs after a promising start to their second innings in Hobart's fifth Test, and the side have now won just one of their last 14 Tests, a run stretching back to last February. 

Speaking one day after England's dire 146-run defeat, Silverwood discussed the futures of both himself and his captain.

While admitting his job is "on the line" after England were beaten Down Under for the third consecutive Ashes series, Silverwood insisted he "definitely" wants to carry on in the role. 

"I am honoured to be head coach of England, but I am an England cricket fan as well," Silverwood said.

"I am desperate to see England do well and am desperate to [be an] influence to make us better."

England captain Root averaged just 32.20 throughout a frustrating series, significantly down on his career Test average of 49.23, but Silverwood defended his captain in the face of mounting criticism, insisting he was the right man to lead the side.

"He wants to see this team do well, and to lead them when the team is doing well," he said of Root.

"He is a super bloke and is the right man to lead this team. We need to give the guys the opportunity to learn the skills they need to lead well on the field."

Silverwood also highlighted the need for changes to be made to English domestic cricket if the side are to avoid further Ashes embarrassments in the future. 

"You look at yesterday and the whole series, and you can't honestly say everything is alright," added Silverwood.

"Sometimes you need disturbance to create change. We have certainly got that.

"By me speaking out about it and speaking to Ash [England director of men's cricket Ashley Giles] and Tom [chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board Tom Harrison], hopefully we can get around a table and find a way to make this happen.

"The encouraging thing for me is it has actually been acknowledged that this needs to happen now. What I would like to see is some action."

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