England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) managing director Ashley Giles has apologized for the Ashes 2021-22 defeat and said he knows there will be a lot of emotion, and anger about how England lost the series.
Joe Root-led England have performed terribly and have already lost the 5-match Ashes series by losing the first three games. England lost the first match by 9 wickets at the Gabba, the second game by 275 runs at Adelaide Oval and the third game by an innings and 14 runs at Melbourne Cricket Ground. England are trailing by 0-3 in the 5-match Test series with two games remaining. Currently, the Three Lions are focused on avoiding a whitewash.
Meanwhile, Giles mentioned that England have won only once in the last 34 years in Australia and it is not an easy place to tour.
“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. In the last 34 years we’ve come here and won once (in 2010-11),” Giles told ‘BBC Sport’.
“We’ve not done well in terms of results. In the 1990s (a similar record) was accepted as normal for England leadership and they got away with it. We set our standards much higher than that,” he added.
We Can Change The Head Coach And Change The Captain, But We’re Only Setting Up Future Leaders For Failure – Ashley Giles
England have performed extremely poor in 2021 in the longest format of the games due to which future of Test skipper Joe Root, head coach Chris Silverwood and even Giles has come under the scanner.
Meanwhile, the ECB director Ashely Giles feels changing the captain and coach will only result in the failure of future leaders and they have to make systemic changes.
“Unless we look at more systemic change, a collective responsibility, and collective solutions, we can’t make whatever changes we want. You can change me, we can change the head coach and change the captain, but we’re only setting up future leaders for failure. That’s all we do. It’s only pushing it down the road,” he said.
He further mentioned that they will definitely review the ongoing Ashes series.
“We will review the tour, obviously. Everything will be on the table. We’ve got two Test matches left, the series might be lost, but we’ve got two matches we can make an impact on and we’ve got to try to,” he added.
Ashely Giles further blamed the domestic circuit of England for not preparing good cricketers for the international stage.
“Are we creating (domestic) conditions that will allow us to better prepare our cricketers for playing in the conditions out here? I’m not sure we are at the moment. What we play, when we play, on what (pitches) we play – that’s a collective responsibility. It’s up to us as ECB but also a conversation to have with the counties,” he said.
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