A day after England captain Joe Root said he wanted to continue as Test skipper, head coach Chris Silverwood said on Monday he would like to keep the job despite England’s debacle in the Ashes. Cameron Green and Scott Boland each took three wickets in the second innings as Australia defeated England by 146 runs in the fifth Ashes Test at the Blundstone Arena on Sunday. With this win, Australia won the five Ashes match 4-0.
“I accept the job that I am, it comes with that level of criticism and the uncertainty too. Until I’m told otherwise I’m going to make plans for the West Indies. I want to keep going but there are decisions that will have been made higher.” , ESPNcricinfo quoted Silverwood.
“My job will be under scrutiny. There will be an assessment when we get home and part of that will be my job,” he added.
England failed to score even 300 once in the recently closed Ashes and the final innings of the tour saw the Three Lions lose their ten wickets for 56 runs.
“I think given some changes that I think we need within the provincial structures, I would like to help influence those changes, and I would like to rectify some of this. I think I can do that. I think I am a good coach and I would love to have that opportunity, but right now I don’t have it in my hands,” said Silverwood.
“We have thought about the players, but there will be certain aspects that I have to think about because I am not ready as a coach and I want to get better and better,” he added.
Asked if the players are happy with the communication levels within the team, Silverwood said: “I’m not afraid to show my teeth. Especially with the situation we live in, I try to go through things with them, rather than yell at them or growl at them I’ve growled at them a few times on this trip I’m not afraid to show my teeth but afterwards you sometimes wonder if I should do it more But then does make it less effective.”
Under Silverwood, England have underperformed in the longest format, and it will be interesting to see if he would persevere despite mounting criticism.
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