Replace Chris Silverwood with Gary Kirsten after England’s Ashes defeat, says Nick Compton | Cricket news

Former England players Nick Compton and Mark Butcher express their concerns over the current set-up following the Ashes defeat in Australia; Compton says Gary Kirsten should come in as head coach Silverwood, who according to Butcher has too much control

Last updated: 29/12/21 11:27

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Former England striker Nick Compton believes Chris Silverwood should be replaced and believes Gary Kirsten would be a good option to succeed him

Former England striker Nick Compton believes Chris Silverwood should be replaced and believes Gary Kirsten would be a good option to succeed him

Nick Compton believes Gary Kirsten would be the right person to replace Chris Silverwood following England’s humiliating Ashes defeat in Australia.

Head coach Silverwood is in the firing line, with England losing nine of their last 12 Tests.

He was not spared lately Sky Sports Cricket Podcast, where Rob Key says Silverwood is “out of his depth” and Nasser Hussain claims the former Essex coach is “incredibly vulnerable”.

Talking to Sky Sports news, Compton and Mark Butcher added their concerns over the current structure, with the former suggesting that former India and South Africa coach Kirsten have credentials to take on the role of head coach.

“I wanted to make a change now,” Compton said. “I think Silverwood is a good man and did the best he could. Kirsten would be the right person. He understands top-level batting, he’s been there in a consistent way.”

Compton added: “Are (CEO) (Ashley) Giles and Silverwood the problem? That’s the big question. I do not think you suddenly come in and overtake everything.

“It’s about getting the right people to the right places. I do not think Giles has made the right hires. I think Kirsten should have gotten the coaching job, someone who is more skilled, with experience of taking teams to No. 1 in the world that has won the World Cup.

Gary Kirsten has coached both India and South Africa

Gary Kirsten has coached both India and South Africa

“With all due respect to Silverwood, he has done his absolute best, but he has not had the long-term experience of being the head coach.

“Besides giving him complete autonomy with the selection, it is a huge role to take on. The selection has been quite abysmal in this series, it has obviously not worked. He could have become a bowling coach, I think Kirsten would have been the right one. man to take on this role.

“I think there have been wrong appointments, the guys under him, what are they really doing?”

Former England striker Mark Butcher believes Chris Silverwood has too much power as both head coach and head picker

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Former England striker Mark Butcher believes Chris Silverwood has too much power as both head coach and head picker

Former England striker Mark Butcher believes Chris Silverwood has too much power as both head coach and head picker

Former English batsman Butcher reiterated Compton’s belief that Silverwood has too much control.

“He has been given an extraordinary amount of power as he is also the chief voter, which is complete nonsense,” he said.

“It’s completely untenable. Whether the message from him is now starting to fall on deaf ears in the locker room is something only they know in there. It would not surprise me at all if there is a change in the top.”

Who could replace Root if he resigned?

Butcher is considering possible replacements for Joe Root should he step down as test captain

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Butcher is considering possible replacements for Joe Root should he step down as test captain

Butcher is considering possible replacements for Joe Root should he step down as test captain

If Joe Root resigns as England captain, Butcher said a figure like Nasser Hussain would be required, but the previous dough was in doubt over the current crop.

“As for Root, you have to look around and think, ‘Who would you give the captaincy to?'” Butcher added.

“I’ve been thinking of some names that could possibly take over. Ben Stokes is clearly one, but he’s England’s first – class all-rounder playing in all three formats – it’s really going to be beneficial for his performance to take on the extra load as captain?

“He may say yes, but history suggests it’s a difficult task to lift. Just ask Andrew Flintoff.

“And then you look entirely at people outside the team. James Vince is the captain of Hampshire, has experience in leading, and then you look almost outside the current harvest of players.

“What England need at this point is one like Nasser Hussain, as he did in the late 1990s. He came in and demanded changes to the first-class system, the ECB demanded that he get what he wanted in terms of to the way.players prepare, and were then able to select players by character to stop the bleeding and build a team from there.

“Who is strong enough to have the character that is around at the moment? I have no idea I’m scared.”

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