The recently concluded Ashes tour was a completely one-sided affair. Australia was able to defend the crown, as they won the series 4-0. England was unable to win a single match, but they did hold on to the fourth match. They never looked in a position to win any of the matches, and now they have made a big change to their team.
In recent developments, coach Chris Silverwood has been dropped as the team coach ahead of the tour to West Indies. The decision was not a big surprise, as many expected it to happen. Notably, Ashley Giles was sacked as the director of the men’s team only a day before.
“It’s been an absolute honor to be England Head Coach, and I’m extremely proud to have worked alongside our players and staff. I want to thank them all for the hard work and commitment they have given during my time in the role and I wish them all the very best moving forward,” Silverwood said.
Silverwood was appointed as the coach in 2019, and he saw some great matches including an away Test series win in South Africa. His run with the team in the white-ball formats was also a good one. England, currently No. 1 ranked T20I side in ICC rankings, was among the top contenders to win the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 before they were knocked out by New Zealand in the semi-final.
It was in the last year that England faced challenges in the longest format. After losing a series in India, they almost lost the series against them at home. (The last match is yet to be played with the scoreline of 2-1 in India’s favor). They also lost the series against New Zealand at home and the Ashes away from home.
Tom Harrison, ECB’s chief executive said, “Under Chris, England Men’s white-ball teams have been ranked first and second in the world while he also led the Test team to a number of series wins including away in South Africa and Sri Lanka.
“He has led the England Men’s team with great resilience and empathy through an incredibly challenging period for English cricket, and he deserves our sincere thanks and gratitude.”
Richard Dawson, currently in charge of the England U-19 team, has been appointed as the coach for the series against West Indies, further interims are yet to be appointed.