Piers Morgan mocks England coach Chris Silverwood over post-match interview

Piers Morgan keenly joined the pile-on of cricket fans mocking England head coach Chris Silverwood after he made a surprising claim in his post-match interview.

England produced one of their worst-ever Test innings when they were skittled for just 68 at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

If that wasn't embarrassing enough, it was a result which meant Australia retained the Ashes without even having to come out to bat for their second innings of the third Test.

Scott Boland, on debut, came away with six wickets at the cost of only seven runs, and another shocking showing from this in-crisis England batting order leaves the tourists staring down the barrel of another whitewash Down Under.

And yet, despite all that, Silverwood spoke to reporters after the match and bizarrely claimed there had been "positives" from England's performances so far in the series.

The stubbornly optimistic coach told BT Sport : "We had a good honest chat after the last game. We just have to put performances together and start pushing back.

"It is disappointing for us all and the lads will be feeling that in the dressing room.

"Yesterday we had a little bit of disruption in the morning and I think the way the guys applied themselves on the field and the way the bowling attack rallied and got us back into this game was a credit to them.

"The way we caught in the last innings was good as well and I think there are positives coming out of this. I’ve got to give our boys credit for the way they pushed back yesterday, but we have to find a way of scoring runs against this attack."

Silverwood's bullish optimism was not well received by most, who criticised the coach for trying to gloss over what had been an embarrassing performance.

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Former Good Morning Britain presenter Morgan was one of those who clapped back at Silverwood, writing on Twitter : "Positives? The only bloody positives from this fiasco were the Covid test results.

"England all out 68 – and the Ashes are gone in the most humiliating manner imaginable.

"Congrats to Australia on being way too good for us, and to Scotty Boland – who I’d never heard of a week ago! – on one of the all-time great Ashes bowling performances. I feel sick."

Morgan went on to back Joe Root, whose captaincy is being questioned on the back of some questionable team selection decisions and another bracing tour Down Under for England.

"This won’t be a popular opinion but Joe Root should continue as England captain despite this debacle," he said.

"He’s our best player, has carried the side all year on his prodigious batting shoulders, and shouldn’t be the sacrificial lamb for an abject team display. They let him down."

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