Chris Silverwood, England cricket team head coach will be missing the fourth test, as one of his family members has been tested Covid positive. The count of positive cases has gone from four to seven. The bowling, spin bowling, and fitness coach have been tested positive too along with 4 family members. They would be required to isolate for 10 days. England has already lost the Ashes and is currently 3 – 0 behind.
The tourists have been under a lot of criticism owing to their disastrous performance down under. Ponting even went on to say to cricket.com.au that this is the worst-performing English side on the shores of Australia. In the absence of Chris Silverwood, the assistant coach Graham Thorpe will take the charge.
Trouble mounted on England when the news of Covid broke out in the English camp during the fourth test. England were fighting to save the test on Day 3 but couldn’t survived the morning session itself as the side were folded for 68 runs, losing the last six wickets for 22 runs. There is also a danger of the Covid seeping through the playing team members and in such case there is a likelihood that the remaining matches would be cancelled.
Coach and selector Silverwood is under heavy criticism for his team selection. The England coach talked about meticulous preparation for this Ashes tour which has gone horribly wrong for the touring side. They have been thoroughly outplayed in all the departments and the Ashes urn is now out of their sight within 12 days of Ashes Cricket this summer.
“I think at the end of this tour there will certainly be reflections on a lot of things, on producing players who can come through and compete at this level and win back the Ashes for us,” Silverwood said. The fourth test will begin on the fourth of January in Sydney and the teams are due to depart on Friday 31st December via private chartered plane.