England test captain Joe Root has provided his backing to the coach Chris Silverwood who has been criticized heavily owing to England’s recent performance of the Ashes. Silverwood transitioned from the bowling coach to head coach in 2019 and emphasized then the 2021 – 2022 Ashes tour of Australia. However, it isn’t just the batting and bowling dismay that England has got wrong but also the team selection on multiple occasions for which Silverwood has been heavily criticized by the cricketing pundits.
When asked whether he would like Silverwood to continue at the helm of coaching, Root replied “Yes I would. It was a difficult week for the group of players with him not being around and it must have been very difficult for him.” England started 2021 on a high when they won the test series in Sri Lanka and defeated India in the first test match at Chennai. But ever since then, the team has not been able to show their usual dominance at home as NewZealand defeated them and India are leading the Covid hit series by 2 -1. England came on the shores of Australia with high expectations but the start to the series was anything but a disaster as they were never in the game.
The only consolation for the English team and Silverwood on this Ashes is that they will not suffer the 5 – 0 whitewash which many believed was always on the cards. England drew the fourth test match when Anderson survived the last over of Steve Smith’s leg-spin bowling.
Joe Root eying IPL 2022
There were news yesterday that Mitchell Starc may be willing to participate in this year’s IPL and Root has expressed his desire too to play in the lucrative T20 league. Root said “Time is ticking but I have a lot to weigh up,”. The England test skipper emphasized that Test Cricket is of prior importance to him and that he would weigh whether his participation in the cash-rich T20 league will hamper his test cricket for England or not.
“Will it have a negative impact on me playing Test cricket? If I don’t think so then I will put myself in the auction. But I will never do anything that will detract from playing Test cricket for England. It is so important to make sure that is the priority for me and other players as well.” said Root
Root has never participated in the IPL till now due to a hectic international calendar but has expressed in the past his desire to play the Indian T20 league.