Mark Butcher
Mark Butcher. Image-Twitter

England ended their disastrous Ashes campaign with a 146-run loss to Australia in Hobart to suffer a humiliating 4-0 Ashes defeat.

Despite being in the command of the 270-run chase after openers Zak Crawley and Rory Burns provided an excellent start with their alliance of 68 for the opening stand, England’s batting order collapsed in the blink of an eye.

England lost 10 wickets for 56 runs on the third day of the Hobart Test as the visitors were bowled out for 124 after Australian all-rounder Cameron Green turned the game with his brilliant spell.

As England lost the series in Melbourne after they were routed 3-0 by Australia, many experts called skipper Joe Root and head coach Chris Silverwood’s team selection and pointed flaws in their tactics.

Last year, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) ended the national selection panel in order to restructure the board.

Ed Smith was removed from the national selector’s role and the responsibility of selecting the team was added on men’s head coach Chris Silverwood’s shoulders.

Joe Root will probably stay on as captain: Mark Butcher

Cricketer-turned-commentator Mark Butcher believes that Root will continue to lead England but the former England player isn’t content with Silverwood in the chair of coach-cum-selector.

“I think Joe Root will probably stay on as captain – more because there isn’t anybody obvious to take over from him,” Butcher told BT Sport.

Chris Silverwood and Joe Root
Chris Silverwood and Joe Root (Image Credit: Twitter

“So you then look above that, and whose decision was it to make Chris Silverwood not only the head coach but also give him the responsibility of being a selector?

It was an absolutely ludicrous decision: Mark Butcher on Chris Silverwood being given selector’s role

Butcher said it was a ludicrous decision by the ECB to add the selection responsibility on Silverwood’s shoulders. The 49-year-old also explained how players will feel uncomfortable discussing their struggles with the coach.

“I said it at the time – it was an absolutely ludicrous decision to have a guy in the dressing room, who not only is responsible for results and preparing the team for games, but he’s also the guy who can hire and fire you,” Butcher said.

Chris Silverwood
England coach Chris Silverwood. (Photo: Twitter)

“Can you go up to the coach of the team and have a chat with him about struggling with your form knowing that he’s responsible for your selection? You can’t have that guy do two jobs and be in the dressing room at the same time,” he added.

England will tour West Indies later this month to play five T20 International matches before they start the three-match Test series in March.

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