Ashley Giles SACKED as managing director of England’s men’s cricket after disastrous Ashes campaign


Ashley Giles SACKED as managing director of England’s men’s cricket team and replaced by Andrew Strauss on an interim basis in the wake of disastrous Ashes tour, with head coach Chris Silverwood is given a stay of execution

  • Ashley Giles has been sacked as the managing director of England’s men’s team
  • The decision to remove the 48-year-old comes after England’s poor Ashes loss
  • England also lost nine out of their 15 tests in a poor calendar year in 2021
  • Head coach Chris Silverwood is expected to follow Giles out of the door
  • Giles led England to a World Cup win in 2019 while the T20 team are World No 1
  • Andrew Strauss has replaced Giles as an interim until a replacement is found 











Ashley Giles has paid the price for England’s Ashes humiliation with his job after a crunch meeting with ECB chief executive Tom Harrison. But coach Chris Silverwood was given a stay of execution.

The ECB announced that Giles is ‘standing down’ from his role as England’s managing director after a review into the worst Australian tour in memory, with Andrew Strauss replacing him on an ‘interim’ basis.

But the big surprise on a day when England had been expecting to swing the axe on at least two members of their coaching staff was that, for now at least, Silverwood and his assistant Graham Thorpe will stay on. The big question is for how long.

Ashley Giles has been sacked as the managing director of England’s men’s cricket team

The exit comes after England's disastrous Ashes campaign in Australia, resulting in a 4-0 loss

The exit comes after England’s disastrous Ashes campaign in Australia, resulting in a 4-0 loss

The wording may have suggested mutual consent but there is no question Giles has been sacked after three years in the role following a nightmare tour in which he was ultimately responsible for the catalogue of errors that led to England’s 4-0 drubbing.

It was Giles who gave Silverwood ultimate power when he made him supremo after the sacking of national selector Ed Smith and it was former England white-ball coach Giles who decided the coaching jobs should not again be split. Both were huge mistakes.

‘The last couple of years have been incredibly challenging and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to deliver in the toughest of circumstances,’ said Giles in an ECB statement. ‘This has undoubtedly protected the future of the game.

England head coach Chris Silverwood (right) is expected to follow Giles through the exit door

England head coach Chris Silverwood (right) is expected to follow Giles through the exit door

‘Despite these challenges, over the last three years, we have become 50-over world champions, the top ranked T20 international side in the world, we remain the fourth ranked Test team and our Under 19s have just reached their World Cup final for the first time in 24 years. I wish all our players and staff great success for the future.’

That was a reference to the belief of Giles and Silverwood that they should have been given more allowances for keeping the England show on the road during the pandemic when they have played far more international cricket than any other country.

Instead the ECB board have accepted the recommendations of Strauss in his role as chair of their influential cricket committee that they simply could not retain the status quo after an Ashes series of such magnitude.

Strauss will now return to his old role as team director in which he made such an impact before being forced to withdraw from the sport for family reasons after the tragic death of his wife Ruth.

Andrew Strauss (left) has replaced Giles on an 'interim basis' until a replacement is found

Andrew Strauss (left) has replaced Giles on an ‘interim basis’ until a replacement is found

The former England captain will now turn his attention to picking a squad for the three-Test tour of the Caribbean next month, with England due to leave for Antigua on February 24. 

All that needs to be decided is whether he will pick that team along with Silverwood or, still more likely, an interim England coach like Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart or former England coach Andy Flower.

Intriguingly, the statement put out by ECB last night said that a search will now be launched for a full-time team director but, in reality, England have the best man in the job already in Strauss. 

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