Nasir Hussain: Ashley Giles is a ‘big guy’ but he made mistakes as England cricket manager | cricket news


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Sky Sports Cricket expert Hussain believes Ashley Giles was a mistake in making Chris Silverwood superior to England by assigning him the responsibility of selection as well as coaching; Rob Key expects coaching roles to be split in the future as Silverwood waits to see if he keeps his job

Last update: 03/02/22 7:00 AM


Nasir Hussain says he sympathizes with Ashley Giles after his dismissal as MD for England, but believes he made some major decisions wrong

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Nasir Hussain says he sympathizes with Ashley Giles after his dismissal as MD for England, but believes he made some major decisions wrong

Nasir Hussain says he sympathizes with Ashley Giles after his dismissal as MD for England, but believes he made some major decisions wrong

Nasir Hussain says Ashley Giles paid for her off-court mistakes after leaving his position as managing director of England Men’s Cricket.

The England and Wales cricket board announced Giles’ departure on Wednesday night, weeks after their 4-0 defeat by Australia at the Ashes Series.

Sky Sports Cricket expert Hussain, the former England captain, believes Giles made a mistake by giving coach Chris Silverwood – whose job remains under heavy scrutiny – an overarching role as pick-up and coach after sacking Ed Smith as national pick last year.

Hussein said Sky Sports News: “I think when the Ashes series lose 4-0, the way they’ve played in test cricket for the last year or so, there’s always going to be a management turmoil.

“[It was] Ash defeats that method. England were barely one sitting in the series and got a lot of wrong major decisions.

Giles succeeded Sir Andrew Strauss as England Manager for Men's Cricket at the end of 2018

Giles succeeded Sir Andrew Strauss as England Manager for Men’s Cricket at the end of 2018

“I think mistakes were made off the field. Giles made mistakes. The real mistake for Ashley was getting rid of Smith as the national pick and putting everything on Silverwood, all the selection decisions, everything.

“That means there was no outside noise at all just questioning the strange decision here and there. It was as if they needed someone from outside knocking on the door and interrogating them.

“I have a lot of sympathy for both Silverwood and Giles, because in the past two years England have played more Test cricket than anyone else and more Test cricket away from home in the event of a pandemic.

“Their players were in bubbles and traveling around the world and it was very difficult to run 11 players and play quality cricket all over the world. Giles tried to take care of his players, there was a lot of rest and rotation.

England haven’t always played their best team in Test cricket so in trying to take care of their players the results have gone the wrong way and I’m afraid as a cricket manager, coach or captain you are only judged on the results and in Test cricket England sit at the bottom of the world championship table for the test.

Nick Compton, the former England hitter, says it was the right decision to dismiss Giles

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Nick Compton, the former England hitter, says it was the right decision to dismiss Giles

Nick Compton, the former England hitter, says it was the right decision to dismiss Giles

“I’m disappointed with Ashley because he’s such a high-profile guy, I can tell you. He’s his captain, I’ve worked with him.”

“He almost cried in a BBC interview he did because he took care of his players. In Covid, Ashley was guilty of one thing and that was taking care of his players, so I can’t be too critical of a good guy trying to look after his staff.”

England reached the semi-finals of the 2021 T20 World Cup under Silverwood but have now lost 10 of their last 14 test matches under him after being crushed in the Ashes final in Hobart.

Surrey cricket manager Alec Stewart and former England wicket batsman Alec Stewart has been touted as a potential interim head coach for the March test tour of the West Indies if Silverwood loses his job in the coming days.

on stuart, Sky Sports Cricket Rob Key said: “I think he would be great at this job, if he wanted to. Someone with all the experience, all the credibility, is a cricket coach or manager at the moment as well.

I never like it when people talk about the structure. I’m always more of a person who talks about getting the right people involved and then building the right structure around them. What England did was almost build the structure and not have the right people in it.

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“We have a lot of coaches making things easy for the players these days, and the players love that. It’s what they want, but sometimes it’s not always the best thing.

“We see this whole thing happening in Australia where the players don’t seem to have much time for Justin Langer, he’s a bit of a tough task manager, but they came back from the sandpaper gate, they won the T20 World Cup and they won the Ashes easily.

“Australian cricket is on the rise. Langer may not be the most popular coach, but who cares if they win everything like at the moment?”

Key also believes England will separate the red and white ball coaches going forward, something they previously experimented with between 2012 and 2014 where Giles was in charge of the limited side and Andy Flower’s leadership of the Test team.

said the key Sky Sports News: “You can bet that at some point in the future we’ll split up this coaching role instead of having one person in charge of everything.”

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