Despite England’s Ashes defeat in Australia this winter, captain Joe Root wants Chris Silverwood to stay on as head coach. The tourists are down 3-0 in the five-match series, with the final Test starting at 04:00 GMT on Friday in Hobart.
After missing the drew fourth Test in Sydney due to Covid-19, Silverwood has rejoined the squad. Root, when asked if he wanted Silverwood, 46, to stay in charge, responded, “Yes, I would.” “With him not being around, it was a challenging week for the group of players,” he added.
“But 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.”
In 2021, England lost nine Test matches, including several crushing defeats in a one-sided Ashes series. In March, they play a three-Test series against the West Indies before hosting New Zealand, India, and South Africa in the English summer.
Silverwood has been in his position since October 2019, but due to Covid bubbles, player welfare, and injuries, he has had to reorganize his resources. “He’s very calm, he has the respect of the guys and he’s got a desperation to see everyone do well or up-skill the players as best he can,” Root said.