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Joe Root backs embattled England coach Chris Silverwood to keep the job | Ashes 2021-22

Joe Root has lent his support to Chris Silverwood, insisting that the embattled head coach should keep his job as England prepare for “one last push” to end their failed Ashes campaign with a victory.

After missing the fourth Test tied in Sydney with Covid-19, Silverwood has rejoined the tour for Friday’s fifth installment in Hobart, but with a 3-0 deficit finds its position under review for a winter it has already seen. the goal of winning the T20 World Cup. end with a semi-final loss to New Zealand.

Tom Harrison, executive director of the ECB, and Ashley Giles, managing director of England men’s cricket, are on tour and now must decide whether these two disappointments are mitigated by the tensions of the pandemic. Root, who will discuss his own future as a captain after a series finale in which Sam Billings seems likely to make his Test debut, seems to think so.

When asked if he would like Silverwood to remain in place for the Caribbean tour in March, Root replied, “Yes, I would. It was a difficult week for the group of players without him and it must have been very difficult for him.

“The performances we put in during the first three games, I feel like we disappointed him and the coaches to a certain extent. We haven’t played anywhere near the level we are capable of. It is an opportunity to do it this week ”.

On Silverwood’s qualities, Root said: “I think he’s very calm, he has the respect of the guys and he’s desperate to see everyone do well or improve the skills of the players to the best of his ability. I think he’s had a really hard time with the environments we’ve been living in, trying to win games with bubble environments away from home and multi-format players trying to prepare for an Ashes and a World Cup. It is very difficult.

“For a long time we have not been able to get our best teams out because we have been constantly trying to make sure that, from a mental well-being point of view, everyone is well taken care of, due to the schedule that we have managed for two years.”

The endorsement differs markedly from Root’s opposite number, Pat Cummins, who despite Australia’s T20 World Cup and Ashes’ victories recently insisted that head coach Justin Langer’s expiring contract would not be discussed until the very end. of the series. Trevor Bayliss, the former England head coach, is the favorite to succeed him.

Root looked exhausted at the end of the Sydney test, but said he will strive for “one last push” in Tasmania. Before that, a decision is made to participate in next month’s Indian Premier League ‘mega-auction’, with documentation due by the end of the week. The 31-year-old has turned down previous editions of the competition, but seems tempted.

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“Time is running out, but I have a lot to weigh up,” said Root. “Will playing Test Cricket have a negative impact on me? If I don’t think so, I’ll put myself up for auction. But I will never do anything to detract from playing test cricket for England. It is very important to make sure that this is the priority for me and for other players as well.

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