Chris Silverwood believes England’s player DO support him despite Ashes humiliation in Melbourne which saw Australia retain the urn… as head coach insists they will back younger players in final two Tests of series
- Joe Root and England suffered another humiliating Ashes defeat in Australia
- They were skittled out for 68 80 minutes into day three of the third Test match
- Pat Cummins’ men now have an unassailable 3-0 lead before final two matches
- But England coach Chris Silverwood insists stars are still responding to him
Chris Silverwood believes he retains the support of England’s players despite conceding the Ashes once again to Australia in humiliating circumstances.
Joe Root’s men were bowled out for 68 – their lowest team total Down Under since March 1904 – 80 minutes into day three at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as their batting failed to fire once more.
But the victory for the hosts, which saw Scott Boland take six for seven on his Test debut on his home ground, saw them take an unassailable 3-0 series lead following previous victories in Brisbane and Adelaide.
Chris Silverwood believes he retains the support of England’s players despite surrendering the Ashes
Joe Root’s men were bowled out for 68 as Australia took an unassailable 3-0 series lead
But speaking to BT Sport after their innings and 14-run defeat, Silverwood insisted his players are still behind him despite suffering a third straight series in Australia.
Asked whether England’s players were still responding to his methods, Silverwood told BT Sport: ‘I think they are.
‘We had a good honest chat after the last game [a 275-run loss in Adelaide]. We just have to put performances together and start pushing back [against Australia].
‘It is disappointing for us all and the lads will be feeling that in the dressing room.
But Silverwood insists Joe Root (left) and co are still responding to his coaching methods
‘But I have to give credit to Australia, particularly Scott Boland on debut and Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc for their opening spell last night.
‘We had a good honest chat after the last Test, we just have to couple those performances together and find a way of pushing back against this bowling attack and scoring runs.’
England will now head to Sydney and then Hobart with little more than pride to play for in the final two matches of the series.
But Silverwood insists the England setup still consists of some ‘world-class players’ and will also continue to back younger stars who are ‘learning on the job’.
‘We want to take something away from this series and we want to come back and compete in the last two Test matches,’ he added.
Silverwood praised Mitchell Starc (left) and Pat Cummins (centre) for their performances
‘We do have some world-class players and some youngsters as well who are learning on the job constantly.
‘What we have to do is try and give them some confidence, we know they have ability and we do back them.
‘We have to give them the opportunity to come out and show what they can do in the last two Tests.’
Silverwood added his side should be given credit for their performance with the ball following the disruption caused by the Covid cases among England staff and family members.
Silverwood added his side have to find a way of pushing back against the jubilant hosts
‘Yesterday we had a little bit of disruption in the morning and I think the way the guys applied themselves on the field and the way the bowling attack rallied and got us back into this game was a credit to them.
‘The way we caught in the last innings was good as well and I think there are positives coming out of this.
‘I’ve got to give our boys credit for the way they pushed back yesterday, but we have to find a way of scoring runs against this attack.’