The English players have had a “brutally honest conversation” with coach Chris Silverwood after being defeated by Australia in the second Ashes test, Mark Wood says.
Tourists were beaten by nine gates in the first test in Brisbane before the 275 defeat in Adelaide. The third test will begin on December 26 in Melbourne.
“We’re obviously reviewing the game, talking about what we did well and what didn’t, but this time it was tougher from Chris Silverwood,” Wood said.
“To hear [Chris Silverwood] talk like that – not because there’s pressure on him or anything else – but to hear him talk like that instead of his usual coaching self was actually annoying and he wanted change.
“Hopefully it’s time to catch a spark.”
Silverwood, who took over as coach in 2019, has won one of the last 11 tests, but says he’s still the right person for the job.
Wood revealed that the players met for a “very honest conversation” after the defeat in the second test, and older players including Captain Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, James Anderson and Stuart Broad also spoke.
“Stokesy [Ben Stokes] and Joe Root told the group that … basically a little tossed up,‘ that’s not good enough, ’” Wood said.
“We talked in depth about how things can get better. Not just in words or trite words, but in practical terms, we defined what we were going to do in Melbourne, what we were going to do differently.”
Wood was in the first test but missed in the second, and Broad and Anderson returned to the day-night match.
Root said in his speech after the defeat in Adelaide that English bowlers had thrown the wrong length and “they had to be braver,” but Wood said “probably not the way Rooty put it the way he totally wanted.”
Wood added, “I don’t think there’s any friction between bowlers and the captain. That’s not the case at all.”
England is traveling to Melbourne and needs a win to keep his hopes of getting Ashes back alive.
“We have to believe we can reverse that,” Wood said. “We haven’t shown our best stuff yet. We know Australia has played very well. If we manage to match them, we believe we can win the test matches here.
“We need to improve on our game in all three areas. At the moment, Australia have scored 400 goals twice, we have had a hitting collapse and we have also caught.
“We have aspects of the game that we have to work hard on. We now have a few days to not think about cricket, go to Melbourne and enjoy the preparations for Christmas.”