England Vice-Captain Jos Buttler was one of the experienced players who expressed doubts about his participation in the series, which opens in Brisbane on December 8. However, Silverwood said Test Skipper Root’s compassionate and diplomatic approach led players to buy his ticket on the tour.
When Silverwood revealed the Ashes list of 17 men from England on Sunday. There were no objections or rejections from the list.
“There were a lot of negotiations that went on and one thing we did see was a lot of class from our captain. He really did lead from the front,” Silverwood said.
“I can’t emphasize enough how classy he was within those negotiations and the way he listened to both sides of the argument.
“What it has done, I think, is galvanize his position as a leader. All the boys have recognized that. All my staff has recognized that and it has made us all pull in behind him.”
England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes is taking an indefinite break from cricket. While prioritizing his mental health and recovering from a finger injury.
There seems to be some logistical headroom for Stokes to join the Ashes squad as a late arrival. But given the sensitivity of his situation, Silverwood declined to give any indication as to whether this could happen.
“There will be no pressure from me for him to rush back. When Ben is ready, he’ll give me a call. And then we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” he said.
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