Chris Silverwood proud of England efforts over long winter despite three series defeats in India

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Source : Sky Sports

England was left empty-handed after three series defeats over the Tour of India. Head Coach Chris Silverwood says that he is proud of his team’s efforts despite the narrow defeats in India. The English team left their shores on January 2 and spent three gruelling months in biosecure bubbles in Hambantota, Galle, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Pune.

“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.”

Silverwood also praised the criticized rotation policy as Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood and Moeen Ali were left out of the Test Series while Joe Root and Chris Woakes were rested for the ODI’s. He said that the psychological demands of playing in biosecure bubbles along with physical demands needed the rest.

“I would do the same again,” he said. “I’ve said along the priority has to be that the players are alright. Stepping in before anybody breaks, so to speak, is the best way to go. Prevention is better than a cure. Trying to keep the players fresh in mind and body is key to that and I think we’ve just about got that right. The way we’ve looked after people this winter has been very good.”

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