'Should be sacked': England coach savaged over post-match interview

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Chris Silverwood, pictured here speaking after England's loss in the third Ashes Test.
Chris Silverwood's post-match interview has been savaged in the UK. Image: BT Sport

England coach Chris Silverwood has sparked outrage in the UK after his post-match comments following another loss in the third Ashes Test against Australia.

England capitulated on the third morning at the MCG, bowled out for just 68 to lose the match by an innings and 14 runs and allow Australia to retain the urn.

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Australia now hold an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, with three crushing victories leaving the tourists completely humiliated.

If English cricket greats and fans weren't already seething about the dismal display, they were sent into meltdown on Tuesday after Silverwood's post-match interview.

Speaking to BT Sport, the England coach somehow suggested there were 'positives' the side could take from the embarrassing drubbing.

“I think they are (positives),” Silverwood said. "I have to give the boys credit for the way they pushed back yesterday."

“We had a good honest chat after the last game. We just have to put performances together and start pushing back.”

Unsurprisingly, Silverwood's comments went down like a lead balloon in the UK.

Former Test wicketkeeper Matt Prior posted on Twitter: “‘Positives….’ Time for honesty surely?"

"The only ‘positive’ I can see coming out of this #ashes is how clear it has become that people who follow cricket in England care deeply about TEST cricket and want their Test team to be successful. Hopefully this will be noted.”

TV personality Piers Morgan wrote: “The only bloody positives from this fiasco were the Covid test results.”

Journalist Tom Savage added: “Astonishing Chris Silverwood interview - smiling, ‘taking the positives’, churning out nonsense sound bites.

"He should be sacked by the morning, bring him home in disgrace. If that’s what they’ve got inspiring them they’d be better off making it up as they go along.”

The Cricket Badger Podcast labelled the interview “awful”, while journalist Phil McNulty said Silverwood’s comments were “utter and complete nonsense”.

Journalist James Pearce added: “Remarkable. Not even Silverwood himself can possibly believe the guff he’s come out with there.”

Calls for Chris Silverwood and Joe Root to be removed

Former England captains Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain both believe Silverwood will lose his job over the Ashes debacle, while some are even calling for Joe Root to be removed as captain.

“I can’t see a situation where Silverwood will survive this tour. All the responsibility lies with him as that’s the way (England cricket director Ashley) Giles has set things up,” Atherton told Sky Sports.

Hussain added: “When England went down the rotation policy at the start of the year, Athers said ‘let’s judge Silverwood by results at the end of year’. Well, England have lost nine Test matches, their worst-ever year.

“Those results speak for themselves so I think he is incredibly vulnerable.”

Chris Silverwood, pictured here with batting coach Graham Thorpe during an England nets session.
Chris Silverwood (L) with batting coach Graham Thorpe during an England nets session. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Former England batter Geoffrey Boycott says Root must hand over the reins after Australia won the Ashes series in just 12 days of cricket.

"Now Australia are 3-0 up and the Ashes have gone, will Root please stop saying Australia are not much better than us? I don't mind him living in cuckoo land but stop trying to kid us," Boycott wrote in his column in The Telegraph.

"If he really believes what he says then maybe it is time he gave up the captaincy of the England cricket team.

"The facts are staring us all in the face, except Joe doesn't want to see it - England can't bat. Our bowling is ordinary.

"Nobody would want to give up the captaincy, but it is not about Joe - it is about getting guys to perform better."

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