'A lot of anger': English cricket boss' brutal Ashes admission

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Seen here, England cricket captain Joe Root chats with coach Chris Silverwood.
England's disastrous Ashes campaign has led to calls for sweeping changes to be made. Pic: Getty

The managing director of the England men's cricket team has addressed the future of the coach and players after apologising for the tourists' woeful Ashes campaign.

Ashley Giles says he "absolutely" feels the responsibility of an Ashes series loss in Australia but insists a mass clear-out of the senior leadership would merely mask underlying problems.

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With England already 3-0 down in the five-match series heading into the fourth Test at Sydney, there has been speculation about the future of both captain Joe Root and head coach Chris Silverwood.

Giles' role has also been questioned given it was the former England left-arm spinner who was behind the sacking of national selector Ed Smith.

That decision paved the way for Silverwood to take on the role of sole selector as well as coach, in what is a rare scenario in international cricket.

England are now in danger of suffering their third 5-0 series whitewash in Australia of the 21st century, having only previously lost an away Ashes campaign by that scoreline back in 1920/21.

"Being here now in this position, I absolutely feel the responsibility of losing this Ashes series," Giles told BBC Radio's Test Match Special and travelling English media at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"Absolutely, we all do, and we can only apologise," the 48-year-old added. 

"I know there will be a lot of emotion, a lot of anger about how we've lost it."

Tom Harrison, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive, was already in the firing line regarding the governing body's response to a racism scandal sparked by former spinner Azeem Rafiq's revelations regarding his treatment at Yorkshire.

However, Giles denies suggestions that England needs to make sweeping changes after their Ashes debacle, insisting it won't solve anything in the long-term.

England's recent Test results 'not good' 

"Four out of 15 (Test wins in 2021) is not good," he added of a year that also saw England beaten 3-1 in India.

"In the 90s that was accepted as normal for England leaderships and they got away with it. We set our standards much higher than that."

Giles said England's struggles in Australia were simply a reflection of the players at their disposal, for all they aspire to be cricket's number one Test team.

Pictured left is England cricket captain Joe Root alongside coach Chris Silverwood.
Ashley Giles says replacing England captain Joe Root (L) and coach Chris Silverwood is not the answer to his country's Test woes. Pic: Getty

"At the moment do we think we are a better side than we are? We are sort of at our level. Fourth in the world is probably where we are," he said.

"We've beaten the sides below us but, in these conditions, we're not beating the sides above us.

"What's important is that we don't try to paper over the cracks. We could easily go to West Indies (in March) and win, then win this (English) summer.

"We could do 'everything's alright, rah, rah, rah' but I think we still need to be truly focused on finding a way we can compete in Australia and in India."

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