Fourth SCG test, contract with Chris Silverwood, England’s next coach Ricky Ponting, interview with Jimmy Anderson

England are reportedly considering a pitch to Ricky Ponting to replace coach Chris Silverwood after a dismal series at the visiting Ashes.

Silverwood is isolating himself in Melbourne and will miss the fourth test at the SCG after one of his family members tested positive for Covid-19.

A nightmarish streak during England’s Ashes series so far has put considerable pressure on Silverwood, who is also the team’s sole coach.

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News Corp reported Thursday that England Cricket Board management had their sights set on Ponting as the ideal replacement for Silverwood.

Still, Ponting’s desire to take over is shaping up to be a stalemate as the former Australia captain earns a considerable amount in his media roles alongside IPL team coach Delhi Capitals.

ECB Managing Director Ashley Giles will arrive in Sydney ahead of the fourth test and will conduct a comprehensive review of the Ashes horror series so far.

Another possible suitor for the role is experienced international cricket coach Gary Kirsten.

The former Proteas starter batsman has enjoyed successful seasons leading India and South Africa, leading both sides to the top of the Test standings during his tenures.

While Kirsten said it would be a “tremendous honor” to be dubbed England’s next manager, the 54-year-old cautioned that he will not compromise with every format of the game.

“I’ve done this trip twice now (when England recruited new coaches in 2015 and 2019) and I’ve always made it clear that I would never commit to doing all the formats,” Kirsten told ai News.

“And when the international cricket boards realize the fact that they need to divide the roles of the coaches, then it becomes a consideration.”



England bowling veteran Jimmy Anderson admits team morale is “pretty flat” ahead of Test 4, and has called for more attention to be paid to red ball cricket in the future.

Already seeking strong criticism for the gruesome first three Trials from the Ashes, England’s team has been hit by a host of Covid-19 setbacks, and coach Chris Silverwood is one of several coaches unable to travel to Sydney before the fourth test.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Anderson said setbacks on and off the field had taken their toll.

“The guys are pretty flat right now if I’m brutally honest,” he said.

“It can be difficult, especially for guys experiencing the Ashes for the first time. That’s where the most veteran players come in.

“We have to do a rally, make sure everyone is in a good place and in a good mental space to compete.”

England’s focus on white ball formats has come under scrutiny amid red ball results, something Anderson said should be rectified given the current crisis of confidence in the team.

“What I’m going to say is that I think there has been a lot of momentum with white ball cricket since the 2015 World Cup,” he said.

“So I would like to think that maybe [a better] the balance between red and white ball cricket is there, in the future. At the moment, he leans slightly towards the cue ball. And it has been for the past few years.

“If you look at our performances in test cricket over the past few years, they have been quite inconsistent.

“So from that point of view, hopefully, we can correct that balance a bit.”


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