England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is set to meet later on Tuesday to decide the fate of England team head coach Chris Silverwood after the humiliating outcome of the recent Ashes 2021-22 series in Australia, in which they lost 0-4.
The Daily Mail UK reported that Chris Silverwood is likely to pay the price for the team’s Ashes debacle, in which the Joe Root-led England side was decimated in the first three Test matches in Brisbane, Adelaide, and Melbourne before fighting to a narrow draw in Sydney in the fourth Test. However, the humiliation was completed in the fifth Test in Hobart.
ECB managing director Ashley Giles has been tasked with examining the reasons for England’s debacle Down Under and former captain Andrew Strauss- who is the ECB cricket committee’s chair- will review the report and submit his recommendations to the board.
The 46-year-old Chris Silverwood has said that he is keen to carry on in the role despite a 4-0 hammering in Australia, with defeat in the fifth Test in Hobart last month the 10th loss in the last 14 Test matches with him as head coach.
Andrew Strauss To Present His Recommendations On How England Cricket Should Move Forward
As per the Daily Mail UK report, both Chris Silverwood and Ashley Giles had last week submitted a report on the Ashes Test series loss to Andrew Strauss. The 44-year-old former England captain attends the ECB’s board meetings in his role as Chair of the Cricket Committee, is expected to have a big say in the decision on Silverwood’s future as head coach and also the captaincy of Joe Root.
“Strauss will now present his recommendations on how England should move forward to the board, with Silverwood and assistant coach Graham Thorpe the likeliest casualties of the red-ball ‘re-set’,” according to the report.
England’s next Test series is against the West Indies where they will play three matches, in March, with the ECB set to decide on the coaching staff before selecting the touring party. In the event of Silverwood getting the sack, Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart could be made interim in-charge of the England team.