Sir Andrew Strauss, former Director of Cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board has been given the responsibility of deciding the future of Joe Root and Chris Silverwood. The captain and the coach have been under the scanner for their team’s performances in the ongoing Ashes series. The side lost the first three Test matches and are trailing by 0-3 at the moment. They have also lost the series in the process with two more matches remaining.
Team Director Ashley Giles is held responsible for the team’s degrading performances in the series so far. He is slated to submit a report to the ECB upon which Strauss is expected to take action.
We Are Only Setting Up Future Leaders For Failure: Ashley Giles
“In 34 years, we’ve come here and won once. But being here now, I absolutely feel the responsibility of losing this Ashes series. We all do, and we can only apologise. I know there will be a lot of emotion, a lot of anger, about how we’ve lost it, but we know it’s not an easy place to come” said Giles ahead of the start of the fourth Test in Sydney.
“Unless we look at more systemic change and collective responsibility and solutions, we can make whatever changes we want. You can change me, change the head coach, change the captain. But we’re only setting up future leaders for failure. That’s all we’re doing. We’re only pushing it down the road” he further added.
Andrew Strauss Shouldered Responsibility To Take Critical Decision
Strauss is currently holding onto his role as Chair of the Cricket Committee in the ECB and there is no one to challenge his post. Moreover, he is the only international cricketer in the committee with CEO Tom Harrison an ex-county cricketer and Lucy Pearson a former England women’s international being the other two.
Meanwhile, the fourth Test is already underway in Sydney with Australia opting to bat first after winning the toss. Stuart Broad has replaced Ollie Robinson in England’s playing Xi while Usman Khawaja has come in for Travis Head who is ruled out after contracting the Covid virus.