Joe Root will captain England in next Ashes series, says Ashley Giles
Ashley Giles says he’ll direct the bid to regain The Ashes and has given his backing to England captain Joe Root.
England have won only one away Test series beneath Root’s captaincy – a 3-0 sweep at Sri Lanka at 2018 – and were unable to prise the Ashes as the string ended 2-2.
Root said following the Ashes that he was determined to keep as skipper and Giles, the management director of the cricket of men of England, sees no reason to produce a shift.
Talking on the Sky Cricket Podcast, which you can listen to at the player below or by downloading here, Giles said:”We think Joe is the man for the job.
“There’s a great deal of pressure and everyone’s situation can change but he’s got a large amount of qualities. He is our best player and we him back to take us and acquire them.
“It is good hearing him talk about that. We still have to win in the distance between now and then but it is a wonderful target to aim for.
“It is better to have that goal down the point – we could then map back out there rather than strategy every Exam a bit aimlessly.”
England prioritised white-ball cricket after their dismal showing in the 2015 World Cup and have been rewarded as they pipped New Zealand to acquire the 2019 version summer.
Giles states white-ball cricket remains significant with T20 World Cups in 2020 and 2021 but admitted there is a now a greater emphasis on Tests as England look to win the Ashes and also perform strongly at the inaugural World Test Championship, that runs between 2019 and 2021.
When requested by Ian Ward if England’s World Cup bid suppressed their outcomes in Test cricket,” Giles stated:”I think it did a little bit but we had to take action, no doubt.
“Now we are moving into a new era. That doesn’t mean everything is throwing .
“We are not taking our eyes away white-ball cricket, at which T20 will take priority with two T20 World Cups at the subsequent two decades, however we need to give Test cricket some more focus.
“The World Test Championship gives it a little more story and Joe, [head coach] Chris Silverwood and I have spoken about the Ashes coming up in another couple of years.
“We’ve looked at all the various elements, from conditioning and strength, to research, to players, to coaches – what exactly do we need to go and triumph at Australia? Then you work back from this.
“We need to make the most of every Test match and verify that we are doing the right things and make sure we are advancing.
“Underneath that we are in need of Loughborough [the National Cricket Performance Centre], our our very best coaches working on creating players who will help people win the Ashes back.”
Silverwood stepped up to head coach following Trevor Bayliss’ death in Giles and September explained the reason why the prior Essex supremo – that headed the Chelmsford side in 2017 into the County Championship title – had been chosen.
“He’s got some amazing qualities as a coach,” Giles said of Silverwood, who beat off competition from the likes of former India and South Africa trainer Gary Kirsten to land the role.
“I believe what he did with Essex as head coach in a brief space of time is still evident now in the heritage he left [together also winning the County Championship at 2019].
“His understanding of this system and his connections with those inside the group, especially Root and Eoin Morgan, was very important too. I think we have a great man.”
On the latest Sky Cricket Podcast,” Giles discusses how…
– The best way Silverwood will have a large say in coaching appointments that are additional
– How picking the ultimate XI matches finally boils to Root
– new performance director’s Function Mo Bobat
– He keeps faith at the England Lions system
– The importance of well-being and player workload
– England may fight for trophies on all three fronts
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