Former England bowler Ashley Giles has defended the role of coach Chris Silverwood in the Ashes defeat to Australia.
Giles believes that it was a team effort and there were no individual errors, suggesting they would have won even if one player had done better.
Despite this, he said the series defeat will be reviewed by the ECB after they take some time off from cricket before appointing a new coach for 2019/2020 season.
We really regret losing the Ashes – Giles
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When England reviews their Ashes setback in Australia, managing director Ashley Giles says, “everything will be on the table.”
The poor performance of England on their recent trip has sparked speculation over the futures of coach Chris Silverwood and captain Joe Root, as well as the status of the national team.
Rather of removing people, Giles believes “systemic change” is required.
“We can make whatever adjustments you want until we look at broader systemic change, communal accountability, and collaborative solutions,” the former England spinner, whose job has also been disputed, told Sport.
“You can replace me, we can replace the head coach, and we can replace the captain, but we’re simply preparing future leaders for failure. All we do is that. Things’s just putting it on the back burner.”
Last Monday, England lost the Ashes after being bowled out for 68 in the third Test, their ninth loss in 12 Tests.
Giles replaced Ed Smith as national selector in April and added selection to the mandate of Silverwood, who has been head coach since 2019.
In the wake of England’s Ashes defeat, the choice has been questioned, although Giles defended the decision to depart from tradition.
“A lack of creativity, a lack of forward thinking was one of the accusations I received over my career,” Giles remarked.
“And now we’re talking about going back to a system that’s around 150 years old and is somewhat obsolete.”
“In what other sport would there be someone on the sidelines instructing the head coach what he should be doing?”
“You create connections, but at the end of the day, it’s a performance game.” I believe the head coach can maintain those friendships in the locker room. We’ve been accused of being too cozy, too mushy in the past.
“That does not sit well with me.”
Since 2019, Chris Silverwood (left) has served as England coach, while Ashley Giles (right) has served as director of men’s cricket.
England started 2021 with a 2-0 victory in Sri Lanka before losing 3-1 in India, 1-0 at home to New Zealand, and behind 2-1 in the return series against India when the fifth Test was postponed.
They went into the Ashes with the goal of winning a series in Australia for the second time in 34 years, after their victory in 2010-11, but they were defeated after just 12 days of play.
“Being in this situation, I obviously feel the burden of losing this Ashes series,” Giles remarked. Absolutely. And we are all guilty of it. And all we can do now is apologize, and I’m sure there will be a lot of passion and outrage about how we got it wrong.
“However, we are aware that it is not an easy location to visit. We can’t fool ourselves; there’s been a lot more than simply performance in the previous two years.”
During the Covid-19 epidemic, Giles stated the players were “amazing” at “getting the game on.” He also defended England’s rotation program, saying that spending too much time in bio-secure bubbles is “just not good.”
“Performance has almost been the last thing we’ve had to think about,” he said, “and that’s a very sad situation.”
“How much time have we had to step back and consider our options strategically? There isn’t much. But are we ready to play? Have we attempted to keep players in shape? We tried, to be sure. And the topic of well-being is a major one.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board, however, must look “internally” to analyze the men’s Test team’s shortcomings, according to Giles.
The domestic season’s format has also been faulted, with white-ball events held throughout the summer and the County Championship shifted to the early and late seasons.
“Are we creating circumstances in the game that will enable us to better prepare our cricketers to perform in these situations here?” Giles wondered. I’m not sure we are right now – what we’re playing, when we’re playing, and on what we’re playing. And, once again, this is a shared obligation. It is up to us as the ECB, but it is also a matter for us to discuss with the counties.
“Of course, we’ll go through the tour.
“Everything will be laid out in front of you. We have two Test matches remaining; the series may be lost, but we still have two matches in which we can make an effect, and we must do so.”