England coach Chris Silverwood resigned on Thursday as a result of the team’s dismal Ashes series loss in Australia, according to the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Silverwood’s exit came a day after Ashley Giles, who had been appointed as England managing director of men’s cricket in 2019, was fired.
England has now won just one of their previous 14 Tests, despite the fact that Silverwood’s tenure coincided with the coronavirus outbreak.
According to ECB chief executive Tom Harrison, former England captain Andrew Strauss has taken over from Giles on a temporary basis and would oversee the appointment of an interim coach for the March trip of the West Indies “in the coming days.”
Harrison went on to say that Silverwood had given “all” to make the job a success, citing Test series victories in South Africa and Sri Lanka and that he was a man of “great integrity” with whom the players had liked working.
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“He has led the England men’s team through an extraordinarily difficult moment for English cricket with remarkable tenacity and sensitivity, and he deserves our genuine thanks and gratitude.”
Following the resignation of national selector Ed Smith, former England left-arm spinner Giles attracted new criticism during the Ashes for handing Silverwood exclusive responsibility to select the team.
After being embroiled in a contentious rest and rotation policy during series losses to India and New Zealand in 2021, Silverwood found himself in hot water again after a series of strange selection selections in Australia.
It was difficult to understand why England omitted James Anderson and Stuart Broad, their two most successful Test bowlers of all time, from the series opener in Brisbane, despite the pressures of a demanding schedule and ‘bubble’ cricket.
England was early 3-0 behind in a five-match series, putting Silverwood’s assertion that the “Ashes are a marathon, not a sprint” to the test, given the team’s desire to get off to a solid start.
Only a draw in the fourth Test, when Silverwood was in Covid-enforced isolation, saved them from a whitewash.
After a drawn home Ashes series the following year, the 46-year-old former Test paceman joined the backroom team as a bowling coach before succeeding Trevor Bayliss as head coach.
After England’s white-ball form improved so dramatically under Australian coach Trevor Bayliss that Eoin Morgan’s side won the 50-over World Cup three years ago, Silverwood was tasked with improving England’s Test record.
Even the form of England’s standout batsman Joe Root, who looks set to keep his Test captaincy, couldn’t stop a string of embarrassing failures.
In an ECB statement, Silverwood stated, “It’s been a great honor to be England head coach, and I’m immensely happy to have worked alongside our players and staff.”
“Despite the fact that the last two years have been quite difficult, I have thoroughly loved my time with the team. In light of the difficulties, I am quite proud of this squad.”
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