England’s head coach Chris Silverwood feels that another five-match Test series against India later this year would serve as ideal practice ahead of the Ashes.
India is already scheduled to tour England for a five-match Test series in August this year. Silverwood feels that playing the strong Indian team would help the England team to be mentally prepared for the Ashes tour of Australia at the end of this year.
“There’s a little time between now and then, but we’re looking forward immensely to the Test series in England. We always know it’s very competitive, with two very good teams going at each other. It’s an ideal run-in for the Ashes, to play India in five Test matches and pit ourselves against one of the best teams in the world can only be a good thing for us and help galvanize us,” Silverwood told UK Media during a virtual press conference.
England lost the Test series to India 3-1, followed by the loss in T20I series 3-2 and then 2-1 in the ODI series. Despite the loss Silverwood backed the boys for putting in their 100 % in the arduous India series and stated:
“I’m very proud of them, I’m proud of each and every player who has been out here,” he said.
“I’m proud of the effort and the attitude that’s been shown towards the game. I think we’ve learned a lot and from that point of view, I couldn’t ask any more of them. I think we take a lot of experience.
“It’s a very difficult place to come and win, we know that India are very strong in their conditions” he added.
Silverwood also spoke about the experience of playing the five-match T20I series ahead of this year’s T20 World Cup set to be hosted by India. He said it served as an opportunity for the visitors to understand how to adjust and play in these conditions.
“From a T20 point of view it’s been really interesting how India operate in their conditions, what types of balls they bowled. Equally our batsmen have had a look at those conditions. So there’s a lot of encouraging signs out here and a lot to take away. We’ll be working on various things between now and the World Cup,” said Silverwood.
“These experiences will stand them in good stead moving forward. When they play against India in England, that will give them a bit of spice to fight back with. I think they will,” he added. (ANI)