“Until I’m told differently I’ll start planning for the West Indies”
With less than six weeks before England set off again for three Tests in the West Indies, it is unclear whether the ECB will look to make quick decisions on the future of coach and captain or wait to fully assess the fall-out from events in Australia.
“I accept the job I’m it comes with that level of criticism and the uncertainty as well,” Silverwood told reporters in Hobart. “Until I’m told differently I’ll start planning for the West Indies. I want to carry on but there are decisions above that will be made.
“My job is going to be under scrutiny. There will be a review when we get home and part and parcel of that will be my job.”
“I think given some changes that I think we need within the county structures, I would love to help affect those changes, and I would like to put some of this right,” Silverwood said. “I think I can do that. I think I’m a good coach and I would love to be given that opportunity but it’s out of my hands at the moment.
“We’ve reflected about the players, but there will be certain aspects I’ve got to reflect on, because I’m not a finished article as a coach and I want to get better all the time.”
“I’m not scared of showing my teeth,” said Silverwood. “Especially with the situation we’ve been living in, I try to work through things with them, rather than shout at them or growl at them. I have growled at them a couple of times on this trip. I’m not afraid to show my teeth, but you sometimes wonder in hindsight whether I should do it more. But then does it make it less effective?”
Life in Covid bubbles has not helped on tour, with England’s Ashes assignment following on immediately from a T20 World Cup campaign. When asked about the final, dismal collapse in Hobart that saw England lose all 10 wickets for the addition of just 56 runs, Silverwood said fatigue was at play.
“I think what we saw was players that are tired,” he said. “Having lived what we’ve already spoken about there [time in bubbles], we saw the result of that. You know what, it was hard to watch. At times you were thinking, just get stuck in, let’s show that fight, but we didn’t have that.
“And there was no point saying we did, because we clearly didn’t. We’ve got to get to the bottom of why that is, and try to make a difference. That’s one of the things we’ve got to try to look at in the debrief.”