The Ashes: Job losses loom as England players and staff fight for their futures | Sport

Three horrible weeks await you, with the specter of an Ashes whitewash and job losses and layoffs looming over England’s management and team. ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison was present in the Melbourne dressing room after the Ashes were handed out and Ashley Giles, managing director of men’s cricket, arrives before Test 4 begins in Sydney on Tuesday.

It is understood that Joe Root has the backing of Harrison as captain, but neither will feel comfortable given the combination of on-and-off-the-field crises engulfing the game. Chris Silverwood, now isolated for ten days with his family after another positive test at England camp, is very vulnerable as a head coach and many of the players know they are playing.

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