Sir Andrew Strauss will reportedly be involved in the ECB’s review of England’s Ashes humiliation, including the decisions over the futures of head coach Chris Silverwood and captain Joe Root
England lost the series inside 12 days, with Australia taking an unassailable 3-0 lead with an innings victory in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
Team director Ashley Giles is responsible for conducting a review into the defeat which will examine the futures of head coach Chris Silverwood and captain Joe Root, as well as the planning and preparation which went into the tour.
Giles’ report will be submitted to the ECB next month and, according to the Daily Telegraph, Strauss will play a key role in advising the board’s executives on what they should do.
The 44-year-old was England’s director of cricket until he stood down in 2018, with Giles replacing him.
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Strauss currently attends ECB board meetings in his role as Chair of the Cricket Committee but does so in a non-voting capacity.
However, Strauss will reportedly be tasked with reviewing Giles’ report and his guidance will be key as to whether the ECB decide to ‘accept Giles’s recommendations on Silverwood and the structure of the England team’.
Speaking ahead of the fourth Test in Sydney, Giles said: “In 34 years, we’ve come here and won once. But being here now, I absolutely feel the responsibility of losing this Ashes series.
“We all do, and we can only apologise. I know there will be a lot of emotion, a lot of anger, about how we’ve lost it, but we know it’s not an easy place to come.
“Unless we look at more systemic change and a collective responsibility and solutions, we can make whatever changes we want.
“You can change me, change the head coach, change the captain. But we’re only setting up future leaders for failure. That’s all we’re doing. We’re only pushing it down the road.’