While England coach Chris Silverwood defended his team selection for the first two matches and insists that his side is capable of beating Australia in Australia, it does look that the coach had some stern words towards the entire team in private. Mark Wood has now reported that England players had an honest chat after the 225 run thrashing in the second game.
“We obviously review the game, chat about what we did well, what we didn’t do well, but this time it was sterner from Chris Silverwood,” Mark Wood said
Wood revealed that the captain and vice-captain had a chat with the team and told them that this isn’t ‘good enough. England has been marred with wrong decision-making and sub-standard performance. Their inability to have a solid opening partnership and frequent batting collapse has not helped them either.
The English fast bowler was rested for the Adelaide team, much to the surprise of cricketing pundits as Wood was the one who troubled Australian batting, especially Steve Smith in the first game at Brisbane. The bowler is likely to be brought back for the Boxing Day third test match starting on 26th December at Melbourne.
Wood acknowledged that the side has to up their game in all facets of the match, be it bowling, batting, or taking catches. England has dropped nearly 22 no-balls till now, some of which could have been wickets, including of David Warner in the first game and Marnus Labuschagne in the second test if they weren’t no-balls. The veteran duo of Anderson and Broad were expected to produce threatening spells with Pink Ball but much to their surprise that the pink ball did not offer much assistance which the bowling coach Jon Lewis admitted on Sunday evening.
England has been under plenty of criticism from all corners of the cricketing fraternity. Formers cricketers, right from England to Australia are pointing fingers at the likes of Root’s captaincy and bowling combination and Silverwood’s coaching.
The team selection in the first test baffled everyone where they went in with a spinner whereas a complete pace attack was chosen for the Adelaide spin which has a history of assisting spin more than in any other ground in Australia. If England loses the third match, the Ashes will be retained by Australia. The home side is riding high on confidence and will be bolstered with the return of their captain Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood.