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Chris Silverwood reveals he will use Ashes defeat to plot Test revenge over Australia with Sri Lanka

Chris Silverwood reveals he will use the notes from Ashes’ disastrous defeat to take revenge on Australia with Sri Lanka…

Chris Silverwood plans to use the notes of his ‘rough winter’ with England as he plots revenge on Australia with Sri Lanka less than six months after Ashes’ defeat that led to his sacking.

Silverwood was knocked out by England after overseeing the disastrous 4-0 defeat to Australia that culminated in a 146-point loss at Hobart – and the 47-year-old says he will use ‘several things’ from that experience to help the side he chose in April taxed.

Ahead of the first of two Tests against Australia in Galle on Wednesday, Silverwood said: ‘I keep track of everything.

Chris Silverwood (right) had little to laugh about as he led England against Australia in the Ashes

Chris Silverwood (right) had little to laugh about as he led England against Australia in the Ashes

England watched as Australia galloped to a 4-0 series win at Hobart in January

England watched as Australia galloped to a 4-0 series win at Hobart in January

“I’m an avid scribbler so I have my notes on the Australian batsmen from the Ashes.

“I won’t go into too much detail about the Ashes… but whatever knowledge I can get from there and try to pass on to our boys, I will.”

Sri Lanka took three consecutive wins to take a 3-2 ODI series win over visitors to Australia earlier this month.

Silverwood admitted: “I’ve had a rough winter in Australia. They are a very difficult team to beat in their own backyard.

The former international was encouraged by the performance of his new side, Sri Lanka

The former international was encouraged by the performance of his new side, Sri Lanka

“So winning here was very satisfying, but more satisfying for me has been the progress of the team that has come so far on this journey.

“Just to see how the tactics come together, to see guys in the middle score, to see how we drove the totals down.

“One of the most exciting things is that we are a long way from the potential we have in that team, but we are still pushing one of the best teams in the world. That is very exciting and there are more to come.’

‘We use the processes there with which we can beat everyone for us. It’s all about setting up the processes and tactics, to make sure the players are in the best position possible to win the games we need to win.”

Sri Lanka will face Australia in Galle on Wednesday and Silverwood feels their potential is clear

Sri Lanka will face Australia in Galle on Wednesday and Silverwood feels their potential is clear

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