Silverwood Faces Ax, Net Session Sham, Stuart's Broadside, and Pietersen County Radical Renewal - petsitterbank

Silverwood Faces Ax, Net Session Sham, Stuart’s Broadside, and Pietersen County Radical Renewal

England coach Chris Silverwood appears willing to pay the price for the Ashes disaster with reports indicating that he will be fired at the end of the series.

The team’s road trip from Hell descended further into charade Sunday with support staff having to play team batting during their SCG session after a net pitcher tested positive for COVID-19.

That meant that all the local network pitchers that had been assigned to help England couldn’t be used, as they were considered close contacts.

Silverwood will not be in Sydney for the fourth test after he and his family were forced to stay in Melbourne due to COVID-19 security protocols, as the virus further disrupted the besieged squad’s faltering campaign.

He has been in charge since 2019 and, after being granted sole responsibility for team selections, the former English sailor has come under fire for recent results, culminating in the humiliation of Ashes 3-0, likely turn into a 5-0 cover-up.

Former South African starter Gary Kirsten, who coached India and narrowly missed the gig when Silverwood was named, is seen as a likely candidate for the job.

Assistant coaches Jon Lewis and Jeetan Patel are also isolating themselves due to COVID-19 regulations.

Adam Hollioake was supposed to be recruited from the English camp in Sydney to boost the coaching staff, but has been ruled out after being a close contact.

It all adds up to another potential disaster in Sydney, but starter Zak Crawley thinks they can meet the enormous challenge, particularly the much-maligned batting unit.

“We all have a talent for scoring great runs in test cricket, we just have to be in the right headspace to perform like this,” he said Sunday.

“I thought maybe that’s where we went a little wrong.

“I don’t think it is a more difficult test. I think the gate is going to be better here and it will be a little easier. I think there are a lot more runs scored here. “

Crawley said that there were several members of the touring group who have been too cautious with the Australian team and that they should “not fear them”.

“I feel like there’s a lot to play for, for a lot of us,” he said.

“A lot of players are playing for their place in the team, there is pride on the line every time you play for your country and I feel like there is a lot to play in the next two games, so we are positive in trying to beat them both.”

Stuart delivers Broadside as he reflects on the retirement call

Stuart Broad has expressed frustration at missing the two Trials that he thought could make a difference in the Ashes, but says he will not make an emotional decision at this point on whether to retire.

The veteran paceman was skipped for the first test in Brisbane and last week’s debacle in Melbourne and, writing in his Sunday Mail column, said he would have loved a chance on those sailors’ paradise grounds.

While he is disappointed in his treatment, he is not going to make a quick decision on whether he will continue to be available for the England test team until the last two games in Sydney and Hobart.

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Broad is an opportunity to return to the team for Wednesday’s fourth game at SCG with Ollie Robinson under pressure to retain his spot.

“As a swing seam bowler, I feel like I missed two of Australia’s best swing seam throws. Just playing once has made this a very disappointing trip, one that has not met my personal expectations, “he wrote in his column for Sunday mail.

“There is a long time between now and the Caribbean tour in March and I have never been one to make emotional decisions.

“So I am not going to make any spontaneous calls about my future. I feel fit, I have come back from the calf injury feeling strong and I am taking out windows in the networks. That’s all I can do given the lack of games on the tour and the tight schedule. “

Broad defended England’s capitulation in the first three tests, claiming that the lack of first-class cricket in the run-up to the tour meant they were in hiding for nothing.

“Should we have done better? Absolutely. So we are frustrated with ourselves. It’s not that we’ve played amazing cricket for 18 months, then we went into the Ashes and failed. We have made the same mistakes for a long time. Both at home and abroad.

“During three games, they have been better in all departments. They scored more runs, took their catches, and bowled for little money.

“On the back of the current scoring line, questions have been raised about the team chosen for the Ashes. But I can say categorically that these are the best players in the country. There is a high quality within this group. I see it daily. “

KP proposes a radical renovation

Always without an opinion, former English star Kevin Pietersen believes that the only way to solve the test team’s problems is to create a first-class franchise league similar to the successful ECB’s white-ball company, The Hundred.

Writing on his insider blog, KP’s proposal would relegate the traditional county system to a second division secondary league.

“Now they need to introduce a similar franchise competition for red ball cricket, where the best play against the best every week.

“They would make money available to attract some of the best foreign players in the world and the best English players would benefit from playing alongside them.

“It would be an exciting and commercial competition, which would drive the improvement in the standard and get people back through the gates for cricket in a long way.

“I see it as a league of all against all in the middle of the summer.”

It could be useful for red ball specialists like Will Pucovski, Trent Copeland and Nathan Lyon, who don’t attract IPL offers like limited stars like Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis.

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