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England Head Coach Chris Silverwood has been sacked by the ECB after Ashes debacle

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England are continuing their post-Ashes clearout with the sacking of Head Coach and sole selector Chris Silverwood. The decision comes a day after the removal of Managing Director Ashley Giles who appointed Silverwood.

Chris Silverwood, who has been in the role for the last two and a half years, has come under serious pressure after England's 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Arch-rivals Australia.

“It’s been an absolute honour to be England head coach, and I’m extremely proud to have worked alongside our players and staff,” Silverwood said.

“The last two years have been very demanding but I have really enjoyed my time with the team and working with Rooty (test captain Joe Root) and Morgs (white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan), and I am very proud of this group considering the challenges.”

Silverwood replaced Trevor Bayliss after the English summer in 2019 where England won the World Cup and failed to win the Ashes. The results have been disappointing in the last year where England have employed a 'rest and rotation' policy to manage the player workload in the wake of the pandemic.

The Test series win in South Africa in early 2020 would probably be the high point of his tenure. Series victories against Pakistan and the West Indies followed in the summer of 2020 and an away Test series in Sri Lanka in early 2021.

But it went downhill from there as they lost away to India 3-1. Home series losses followed against New Zealand and India followed which increased the pressure on Silverwood along with Joe Root. The meek surrender in the Ashes was the final nail in the coffin for Silverwood who has led England to a record 9 test losses in 2021.

Ashley Giles has been replaced by an interim Managing Director in Sir Andrew Strauss who will also appoint a caretaker coach for England's series against the West Indies.

"During his time in the role, Chris has given absolutely everything to make a success of it. He is a man of great integrity, who players and staff alike have enjoyed working with," ECB CEO Tom Harrison said.

"Under Chris, England Men's white-ball teams have been ranked first and second in the world while he also led the Test team to a number of series wins including away in South Africa and Sri Lanka. He has led the England Men's team with great resilience and empathy through an incredibly challenging period for English cricket, and he deserves our sincere thanks and gratitude."

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