Graham Thorpe resigns as England assistant coach, Joe Root to continue as Test skipper
The disaster that England had to face in the Ashes has now turned into many questions being raised on everyone involved. England lost the recently concluded Ashes by a huge margin of 4-0. They never were at the best of their game and never stood a chance during its course. As a result, Graham Thorpe has resigned as the team’s assistant coach after Chris Silverwood and Ashley Giles were sacked from the position of the head coach and team director respectively.
In his statement, Thorpe said he was fortunate to be a part of the team that produced many good players. “I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with so many good players and coaches who I consider my friends for life,” he said.
Thorpe has been a part of England’s coaching team since 2010. Thanking him, interim managing director Andrew Strauss said, “I’d like to thank Graham for his work over many years on the England coaching staff and wish him the best for the future.”
Joe Root to continue as Test captain, confirms Andrew Strauss
Meanwhile, Struss has confirmed that Joe Root will continue leading the English Test side. As reported by Sky Sports, he said, “Having spoken to him, it is absolutely clear the extent of his commitment to taking this England cricket team forward.
“He has got incredible motivation and energy to do that. He is bruised, hugely disappointed by what went on in the Ashes – that goes without saying and many others are in the same boat – but he has the respect of the players, they all play for him and obviously, he sets a magnificent example both on and off the field,” he said.
Many opined that Root will be sacked as the team’s captain after a horrible visit to Australia. Root, with the bat, did not have many issues, but his captaincy was below par. He was not able to get the best out of his players. But, Root was confident of leading the side and was backed by his teammates.