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England Cricket Coach's Baffling Comments After Ashes Defeats

Max Sherry

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England Cricket Coach's Baffling Comments After Ashes Defeats

Despite getting absolutely flogged by Australia in the first and second Tests of the Ashes, England cricket coach Chris Silverwood insists he wouldn't make any changes to his struggling team.

So far, England's trip Down Under has been nothing short of a disaster, most recently coming up short in Adelaide against a heavily-depleted Aussie side who were missing tow of their best players.

Joe Root and Ben Stokes. Credit: Alamy
Joe Root and Ben Stokes. Credit: Alamy

Now the Australians are on the brink of sealing the series long before the fireworks and confetti welcome in the year 2022.

The tourists are seriously struggling with both bat and ball leading for cricket experts and fans alike to call for a serious shake-up and some big-name axings.

But despite the mounting pressure, lone selector and head coach Silverwood clearly isn't under the same impression as most Poms and is instead choosing to stand strong by his players.

"There is always going to be divided opinion," Silverwood told the BBC.

Chris Silverwood. Credit: Alamy
Chris Silverwood. Credit: Alamy

"You pick a team and not everybody's going to agree with you."

Asked if the would pick the same team again, he replied: "To be honest, I would."

"I was happy with the skillset we had in the pink-ball Test, so I would pick the same team again."

It's a truly staggering assessment seeing as though England have rarely threatened the hosts in either Test.

On top of that, England came under particularly heavy criticism for not selecting a spin bowler in the second Test, dropping Jack Leach after he was spanked for 102 runs in the first innings.

But when the Adelaide Oval pitch turned out to be a spinner's dream, the Three Lions were forced into the rather embarrassing move of sending fast-medium bowler Ollie Robinson out there to have a crack at a few off-spin attempts.

Rory Burns. Credit: Alamy
Rory Burns. Credit: Alamy

"We felt the ball would move around under the lights a little bit more than it has," England bowling coach Jon Lewis said.

"In hindsight, you might say we should have picked a different side."

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Topics: ashes, England, Cricket News, Australia

Max Sherry
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