England head coach Chris Silverwood has said the five-game test run against India later this year would be a perfect starting point for his side for the Ashes. England and India are set to play a series of five tests, starting in August this year in the UK and at the end of the year the Three Lions would tour Australia for the ashes. “There is a bit of time until then, but we are looking forward to the test series in England very much. We still know it’s very competitive, with two very good teams going against each other. It’s a run- in ideal for the Ashes, playing in India in five test matches and going 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 at a virtual press conference.
The England tour of India was not successful as the visitors lost the series in each format (3-1 in testing, 3-2 in T20I and 2-1 in ODI). However, Silverwood said his team learned a lot from this tour and every player would be well placed.
“It was a good competitive game (third ODI) and a good competitive series throughout. I’m very proud of them, I’m proud of every player who has been here. 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 them any more, ”said Silverwood.
“It’s a very difficult place to come and win, we know that. India are very strong in their conditions, but there has been a lot of encouragement. We have valuable experience for the upcoming T20 World Cup. , and if we look back at the series of tests, the amount of experience the young people will get from playing in these conditions, the lessons they have learned, when they come back they will know what to do and have a better plan to match, ”he added.
India is set to host the T20 World Cup this year in October-November this year. England coach Silverwood also felt that playing the T20I series in India gave them a chance to see how the hosts would perform on their own terms.
“From a T20 point of view, it was really interesting to see how India performs under their conditions, what types of balls they played. Likewise, our batsmen took a look at those conditions. encouraging signs here and a lot to take We’re going to be working on various things leading up to the World Cup, ”said Silverwood.
“These experiences will allow them to move forward. When they play against India in England, it will give them a bit of spice to fight. I think they will,” he added.
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