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Chris Silverwood hails England’s ‘ruthless’ approach in World Cup opener

Coach delighted with the win over the West Indies, with Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid in fine form, but warns life in the T20 World Cup won’t always run so smoothly

Adil Rashid of England celebrates the wicket of Andre Russell of West Indies

Chris Silverwood has hailed England’s demolition job on the West Indies as the most ruthless performance he has seen from the national side across any format.

The England coach has seen plenty of record breaking displays from the white ball side in recent years, but to put down the reigning champs by six wickets in just 136 balls was a new high for Eoin Morgan’s side.

And Silverwood was full of praise for his T20 spin twins Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid who started and then finished things off with the ball, while the fielding was just as good.

“Have I seen a more ruthless performance from England? No, is the straight answer to that one,” said Silverwood.



Silverwood was delighted with England’s fast start in Dubai
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“I just thought the way we started and the way we kept pushing was excellent. At no point did I see us take a step backwards and think, well this is all just falling into place now we’ll just let it play out.

“What I saw was just a relentless push all the time, and I think the fact that we could use Rash the way that we did just emphasised that push as well.

“We’ve had teams before 34-3, 40-3 in the powerplay and maybe not pushed as hard as we could, but what I saw yesterday was that ruthless streak come out.

“And Moeen is just on a wave at the moment. He sees a real purpose to what he’s doing, and how he fits into the team. Whenever he’s in that position, he’s a very dangerous character.”



Moeen Ali was named man of the match against the West Indies
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Dawid Malan is the ‘glue’ in the England batting order
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As good as England were, the Windies were equally as poor, which perhaps serves to remind people that it is handy to have a plan B or C to go with the gung ho attack.

And, unlike in the opening game, this is where Dawid Malan comes in.

Described as the ‘glue’ in England’s batting lineup, the number one T20 batsman in the world was shunted down the order in the push for a quick finish, but he retains the full faith of the hierarchy.

“We’re very aware that it’s not always going to happen like that,” said Silverwood. “What happened to the Windies is exactly the reason why Dawid is in there.

“To have him up the top of the order, he can act like a glue for us. I think it is a role he does very well.







“We have a lot of power around him and just because we decided to go for power last night – to get the run-rate up – on other days we wouldn’t do it.”

On another day England might also turn from spin to raw pace with Mark Wood nearing full fitness after an ankle niggle kept him out of the opener.

“He’s fine,” added Silverwood. “He has got a little niggle in his ankle, but nothing drastic, nothing that we’re overly worried about, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing him soon.”


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