Joe Root backs Chris Silverwood to remain England coach despite Ashes defeat: ‘The players have let him down’

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·3-min read
Joe Root backs Chris Silverwood to remain England coach despite Ashes defeat: ‘The players have let him down’
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Chris Silverwood
    English Test and county cricketer (born 1975)
  • Joe Root
    Joe Root
    English cricketer (born 1990)

Joe Root has thrown his long-term support behind England’s embattled head coach Chris Silverwood after he rejoined the squad in Hobart having recovered from Covid-19.

With Root keen to stay on as captain, Silverwood appears the likeliest leadership casualty of England’s dismal Ashes showing, in which the Urn was lost inside 12 days before a fighting draw in Sydney on Sunday.

Silverwood missed the Sydney Test after a Covid outbreak among his family – which eventually saw him test positive – meant they had to remain in Melbourne, before joining the squad in Hobart on Tuesday night.

Root, like vice-captain Ben Stokes before him, has offered fulsome support for Silverwood, despite rumblings of discontent among the players.

“Yes I would,” said Root, when asked if he would like Silverwood to remain in charge.

“It was a difficult week for the group of players with him not being around and it must have been very difficult for him. But I think the performances we put in during the first three games, I feel we've let him and the coaches down to a degree. We've not played anywhere near the level we're capable of. It's a chance to do that this week.”

Root said the timing of Silverwood’s tenure – it began four months before the pandemic began to affect cricket – should be taken into consideration when assessing his output.

“I think he's very calm, he has the respect of the guys in the group and he's got a desperation to see everyone do well or upskill the players as best he can,” he said.

“I think he's had a very difficult time of it with the environments we've been living in, trying to manage winning games of cricket with bubble environments away from home, multi format players trying to prepare for an Ashes and a World Cup, it's very difficult.

“For a long time we've not been able to put our best teams out because we've been constantly trying to make sure from a mental wellbeing point of view everyone is looked after properly, because of the schedule we've dealt with over two years.”

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Root has said he has not decided whether to put his name in for the IPL mega-auction that will take place next month. The deadline to enter contention to be picked up by one of the 10 teams is later this week.

While he makes no secret of his desire to play in the tournament for the first time (he has unsuccessfully entered the auction before), he does not want to jeopardise his Test cricket.

“I have not made a decision on that just yet,” he said. “It is something I will have to keep wrestling with. Time is ticking but I have a lot to weigh up.

“The thing I will weigh up is will it have a negative impact on me playing Test cricket for this team? If I don’t then I will put myself in that position to play and put myself in the auction but I will never compromise or do anything that will detract from playing Test cricket for England. It is so important to make sure that is the priority for me and other players as well.”

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting