CHRIS SILVERWOOD has been sacked over England’s Ashes humiliation.
Head coach Silverwood was axed 24 hours after managing director Ashley Giles following the 4-0 loss to Australia.
England head coach Chris Silverwood has followed Ashley Giles out after the 4-0 series crushing by AustraliaCredit: PA
Managing director Ashley Giles paid the price for England’s woe Down UnderCredit: PA
Andrew Strauss replaces Giles on a temporary basis and an interim coach will be named for the West Indies tour in March.
The management clear-out began after a report into the Aussie tour was submitted to the England and Cricket Board last week.
ECB chief exec Tom Harrison said: “During his time in the role Chris gave absolutely everything to make a success of it.
“Under Chris, England men’s white-ball teams have been ranked first and second in the world.
“He led the Test team to a number of series wins — including in South Africa and Sri Lanka.
“He led England with great resilience through a challenging period and he deserves our sincere thanks and gratitude.”
England have won just ONE of their past 14 Tests and batting coach Graham Thorpe could be axed next.
Silverwood also oversaw a shambles off the field amid claims of a drinking culture on tour and fitness doubts over a number of players Down Under.
But he paid tribute to Test captain Joe Root and white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan.
Silverwood, 46, who was appointed in 2019, said: “It’s been an honour and I’m extremely proud to have worked alongside our players and staff.
“I want to thank them all for the hard work and commitment they gave me and wish them all the best.
“The last two years were very demanding but I really enjoyed my time with the team and working with Rooty and Morgs.
“I now look forward to spending quality time at home with my family.”