The Ashes: Chris Silverwood says England are ‘battled hardened’ for Australia tour

Chris Silverwood praised captain Joe Root’s management within the negotiations for the Ashes to go forward

England coach Chris Silverwood says his facet are ‘battle hardened’ having performed a number of Take a look at cricket earlier than the Ashes.

England have performed 18 Checks for the reason that begin of the Covid-19 pandemic, in comparison with Australia’s 4.

There was hypothesis about whether or not the tour would go forward relying on the extent of restrictions in place.

However on Friday, it was confirmed England will journey “topic to circumstances”.

Regardless of combined outcomes for the Take a look at facet over the summer season, Silverwood says the quantity of Take a look at cricket they’ve performed in “powerful” circumstances may gain advantage the staff.

“I feel we’re battle hardened. We have had some success alongside the way in which and we have proved we are able to compete with the likes of India,” mentioned Silverwood.

“I feel the necessary factor is our gamers have seen what the perfect on this planet appear to be, they’ve performed towards it and felt what it is prefer to have them pushing towards us.

“However we have additionally received a style of success towards them, simply have a look at the Headingley Take a look at the place got here again strongly towards them there.”

Australia’s solely 4 Checks for the reason that pandemic got here in a house collection towards India, which they misplaced 2-1.

Regardless of loads of hypothesis across the tour, Silverwood says the gamers are dedicated and their preparation has not been impacted.

“We have had some powerful Checks coming into this, taking part in New Zealand and India who’re the 2 greatest groups on this planet,” he added.

“That is been nice preparation for us and the preparation we will get in Australia is great.

“It is massively thrilling this collection goes forward, we’re on the level the place everybody’s dedicated and we’re all going and I feel the mindset is now going to shift in the direction of efficiency.

“That is what it is received to be and ensuring after we flip as much as Australia, we’ll be in the fitting thoughts house to show up and compete.”

Silverwood praised captain Joe Root’s management within the negotiations between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Cricket Australia and the Australian authorities.

Beforehand, gamers together with vice-captain Jos Buttler had expressed considerations round dwelling circumstances, quarantine necessities and whether or not households could be allowed to journey.

The gamers concerned in each the Ashes and the T20 World Cup will likely be away from residence for almost 4 months.

Silverwood mentioned: “Joe confirmed a number of class and empathy and good management expertise to assist get the gamers up to now. And equally, the way in which he taken care of the employees, it has galvanised his place as a pacesetter, everybody recognised that and it is made us all pull in behind him.

“I can not emphasise sufficient how class he was in these negotiations and the way in which he listened to either side of the argument, and we got here again with fairly a degree view on all the pieces that actually helped us get up to now.”

England will journey to Australia with out star all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is constant to take an indefinite break from cricket to guard his psychological wellbeing and recuperate from surgical procedure on his index finger.

“There isn’t a stress from me for him to hurry again, we’re not placing a date on it,” added Silverwood.

“I am not going to inform him when he must be again, I will likely be led by him and my initially concern is his wellbeing and that when he does come again, he is in the perfect place.”

Ashes 2021-22 schedule


8-12 1st Take a look at, Brisbane (00:00 GMT)

16-20 2nd Take a look at, Adelaide (d/n) (04:00 GMT)

26-30 third Take a look at, Melbourne (23:30 GMT, 25-29 Dec)


5-9 4th Take a look at, Sydney (23:30 GMT, 4-8 Jan)

14-18 fifth Take a look at, Perth (02:30 GMT)

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