At the start of 2021, England seemed like a team on a mission. They had carefully scheduled a Sri Lankan tour before the challenging India tour in order to acclimatize to similar conditions. They thrashed Sri Lanka and won by 2 – 0 and won the opening test match against India in Chennai. Little did they knew that it would be pretty much their last test victory in 2021 leaving apart the Headingly fiasco of Team India. The side got hammered by India not only in the sub-continent but also in their own backyard where they are trailing by 2 – 1 instead of 3 – 1 if the rain would not have interfered in the first test. They lost the test series to New Zealand and have gone by 2021 with the most humiliating defeats in the first three Ashes test down under.
It is no secret that ECB is planning SilverWood to be the scapegoat of the Ashes Fiasco. Appointed in 2019 after Trevor Bayliss, the coach has not enjoyed a successful outing with the team statistically. And the eyebrow-raising team selection coupled with the dispirited performance in the Ashes 2021 has now rattled the top brasses of the England Cricket Board and talks have begun between Kirsten and ECB.
Kirsten has come forth too about the desire to resurrect the English test side. The 54-year-old, known for his stint with the Indian Cricket has now laid out his approach to overhauling the mindset of the English test Cricket and one of it includes involving specialist mindsets of the likes of Sir Alastair Cook.
‘The first conversation I would have with the powers that be is to make sure you have in the room the best five or six experts on the Test game in English cricket,’ continued Kirsten. ‘So for me the stand-out would be Alastair Cook‘ said Kirsten while speaking with Talksport.
Kirsten did not mince about his desire to coach the England Test team. According to the former Indian coach, he was overlooked for the job in 2019 as Ashley Giles handed the coaching to Chris Silverwood. “It would be a ‘privilege’ to rebuild England’s Test side after their Ashes loss” Kirsten had said earlier.
There is no doubt that Silverwood and Root are both under immense criticism to leave their respective roles. However, Root being the leading run-scorer for the team may get away from being fired. The same cannot be said of Silverwood who does not have a significant overseas test victory under his belt apart from the South African tour win in 2020.