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By Sports Desk June 30, 2021

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    Chris Silverwood says he wants to continue as England coach despite the side's humiliating 4-0 Ashes loss in Australia, and has also backed Joe Root to continue as captain of his country.

    England ended the series with yet another batting collapse, losing all 10 wickets for the addition of just 56 more runs after a promising start to their second innings in Hobart's fifth Test, and the side have now won just one of their last 14 Tests, a run stretching back to last February. 

    Speaking one day after England's dire 146-run defeat, Silverwood discussed the futures of both himself and his captain.

    While admitting his job is "on the line" after England were beaten Down Under for the third consecutive Ashes series, Silverwood insisted he "definitely" wants to carry on in the role. 

    "I am honoured to be head coach of England, but I am an England cricket fan as well," Silverwood said.

    "I am desperate to see England do well and am desperate to [be an] influence to make us better."

  • Ashes 2021-22: Root would 'love the opportunity' to revive sorry England Ashes 2021-22: Root would 'love the opportunity' to revive sorry England

    Joe Root believes he remains the right man to take the England Test team forward, despite their humiliating Ashes series defeat in Australia.

    The hosts clinched a 4-0 series victory by winning the fifth Test in Hobart on Sunday following yet another England batting collapse.

    Chasing a target of 271 to end the series on a high, the tourists reached 68-0 but then lost all 10 wickets for 56 additional runs as they suffered a 146-run defeat.

    It marked the 10th time in 14 Test matches that England have been beaten – tasting victory just once during that span – with Root's captaincy coming under scrutiny during the series.

    Nevertheless, he underlined his hunger and desire to put things right in the role as skipper.

    "I believe that I am the right man to take this team forward," Root said.

    "I have an appetite to carry on and turn things around. If that decision is taken out of my hands, so be it.

    "At the minute, we are going through a real tough stage as a group of players and the performances haven't been good enough.

    "But I'd love the opportunity to try to turn things around and for us to start putting in performances from an English Test team."

  • Ashes 2021-22: Lewis says Robinson must improve fitness after suffering back injury in Hobart Ashes 2021-22: Lewis says Robinson must improve fitness after suffering back injury in Hobart

    England bowling coach Jon Lewis says Ollie Robinson must improve his fitness after the seamer suffered a back injury on day of the final Ashes Test in Hobart.

    Robinson missed the fourth test in Sydney with a shoulder injury, but he made an immediate impact after being recalled at Blundstone Arena, removing both David Warner and Steve Smith for nought as England decimated Australia's top-order during a blistering start.

    However, after reducing the hosts to 12-3, England were left frustrated as Travis Head's 101 led an Australian fightback, with Robinson only able to bowl eight overs.

    Speaking at the close of play with Australia 241-6, Lewis stated that Robinson must give himself a better chance of staying injury-free.

    "It’s definitely something to work on," Lewis responded when asked about Robinson's conditioning. "It’s something he needs to improve. He’s got a record of playing a lot of games in county cricket. 

    "But international cricket is a higher intensity, and you play all year round. So he’s got to get used to understanding what it takes to be a full-time, year-round international cricketer.

    "Is it a concern? It’s one of the things he really needs to work on. He’s shown over the course of the English summer, and this series so far, that he can put back-to-back games together. But there’s definitely areas he needs to work on for sure.

    "It’s something he will need to do if he’s going to perform consistently over a long period of time, he’ll need to be a fitter bowler, 100 per cent. We've had those conversations with him and been pretty frank with him, and now it's up to him to go and do the work."

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