Mon. May 23rd, 2022

Joe Root wants to continue leading England, and the lack of a suitable replacement means he is likely to, but his countrymen are far from convinced after his team’s “horrible” and pathetic “collapse in Hobart.

Roots misadventure Down Under in the 4-0 series loss was nicely summed up by his second innings rejection. The ball barely came off the ground and he was thrown by almost the only delivery that stayed unnaturally low in the match. He is, according to former English captain Michael Atherton, “an excellent man, brilliant batsman and a captain who has run his race.”

“I’m a little emotional, and it’s not a decision that only rests on my shoulders. But I would love the opportunity to turn things around,” Root said afterwards.

“If that decision is taken out of my hands, then it must be so, but I would love to continue. With the performances that have evolved, it’s more a matter of ‘does the team need a slightly different direction and a new voice? ‘, but I honestly think I’m the right person to take this team forward, and I really hope I get the opportunity.

“I feel that I have received support from the players and others around me, so we have to see what develops in the coming weeks. I do not want to say that my voice is not heard.

“Guy will look at himself in the mirror and think they could give a better picture of themselves. We have let ourselves down. Of course, on the back of a disappointing series like this, questions will be asked, and in general there are an autumn guy. We’ll see what happens. “

Joe Root is thrown.

Joe Root is bowled by Scott Boland. (Photo by Steve Bell / Getty Images)

Root is expected to take England out to the West Indies in March, but coach Chris Silverwood may not last that long.

Former English captains Mark Butcher, Alastair Cook and David Gower were all torn apart by England’s last day surrender in Hobart, and indeed the disastrous tour in its entirety.

Butcher described Silverwood’s role as coach and sole voter as “absolutely ridiculous”.

“I think Joe Root is likely to stay on as captain – more because there is no one obvious to take over after him,” Butcher told BT Sport.

“So you look over it, and whose decision was it to make Chris Silverwood not only the head coach, but also give him the responsibility of being the pick?

“I said it then – it was a completely ridiculous decision to have a guy in the locker room who is not only responsible for results and prepares the team for matches, but he is also the one who can hire and fire you.

Can you go up to the team coach and have a talk with him about struggling with your form knowing he is responsible for your choice?

“You can not get that guy to perform two tasks and be in the locker room at the same time.”

Gower said England’s strategy of prioritizing Eoin Morgan’s white football team in terms of selecting and planning the domestic calendar led them to this low point.

“It’s been terribly obvious to people watching from a distance that Eoin Morgan has everything he wants with the whiteball team,” Gower said.

Yes, we won the World Cup and everyone loved that moment at Lord’s two years ago.

“But poor Joe Root, and I have genuine sympathy for him, finds him with people who are not available because they are in the IPL. What good is English test cricket?

“This is the oldest, most important form of the game. We have to defend what we need an English team that plays well and does not get sick at the foot, barely the foot, of the World Test Championship.

“You need a big kick-up somewhere. You look at the staff with confidence and there will be people who fear for their position in the side, but you also have to consider who else should take over?”

Cook led calls for a review of the management structure around the team, ahead of cricket director Ashley Giles’ report on the failure.

“I would be surprised if England goes to the West Indies (in March) with the same structure in place,” Cook said. “I’m not saying Joe Root is not going to be captain, I just can not see how you can not make changes.

“We’ve had the same coaches and leadership in that group of players for the last 18 months and I have not seen any improvement.

“What’s been going on behind the scenes? You have to ask Graham Thorpe, the punch coach, or what’s going on? What’s happened? That’s what I want to know. I can not see any improvement in any of the The players.

“If you have the same leadership team and they are losing in the West Indies, then their position is unsustainable, so there will be changes and there must be.

“It (collapse) was hard to see, and it must be our bottom.

“There can be no worse place to be thrown out in an hour and a half.

“You get thrown into a session once or twice in your career. You see a batting line-up devoid of all confidence and faith.”

Another former English captain, Michael Atherton, writes in The Times, said change was crucial.

“Any notion that there should be no overhaul of the composition and management of the English cricket team – as you are, Ashley Giles, Chris Silverwood and Joe Root according to some – has been ruined by the nature of this recent defeat in Ashes, ”wrote Atherton.

“Another utterly wretched, humiliating collapse, devoid of any technical competence or fighting spirit, so that the series surrendered by a frightening margin in Hobart.

“This hammering, given a desperate year for the Test team, should signal a need for change. Forget structural changes in English domestic cricket for a moment. There’s time for that. But a cohort of English first-class cricketers cannot be held responsible for those mistakes. , committed on this tour, for errors in selection and strategy, and the manner in which there has been such a meek surrender.

“Root is an excellent man, brilliant batsman and a captain who has run his race. In advance, he said this trip would define his captaincy, and here we are. There is certainly no way that Silverwood can continue as coach and chief pick after this, and no way that Giles should continue either, given the decisions he has made. The manner of the defeat indicated a lack of respect for those responsible. It was embarrasing.”

Pat Cummins from Australia celebrates Ollie Pope from England's wicket during day three of the fifth Test of the Ashes series between Australia and England at Blundstone Arena on 16 January 2022 in Hobart, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone ​​/ Getty Images)

(Photo by Robert Cianflone ​​/ Getty Images)

“It’s hard to describe the horror of this latest batting collapse. England have not mastered the art of hitting, not for a long time, but they have mastered the art of hitting together. They make it look so easy. After this latest episode perhaps they apply for the trademark: “Ashes 2022”, should do so, a reminder of a series where they did not reach 300 once. “

Geoff Boycott, who wrote in The Telegraph, chose to open with a father-joke before weighing himself into the chaos.

“I keep saying that if England can not strike, they will not win. MCC recently said, in this politically correct world, that the word batsman should be replaced by batter. Well, our batter could not beat fish in a fish and chip shop, ”said Boycott.

“England’s batsmanship has been revealed as embarrassing. This whole series has been about the poor standard of percussion technique, lack of footwork, judgment around what to play and what not to. They have lacked patience and sheer will to get the opposition bowler to throw you out with good balls.

“Only two players have improved their reputation on this Ashes tour. One is a fast bowler Mark Wood and a young kid Zak Crawley playing the last two Test matches.

“Mark’s pace has troubled so many of the Australian batsmen who hit them on the gloves, arms and body. He got them out of their comfort zone by resorting to having a dart to catch him and get out. He was a breath of fresh air and if he can stay in shape he will have much more success.

“Zak’s blow in the end was a nice surprise. When he was tall with a big step that helps him get to the court, he was a target that put some pressure on the bowler again. Against him, bowlers run up and think that if I do not get my length or line right, he will punish me. He has a simple orthodox technique with nice timing. Please Zak – do not be a glimpse of the forehead, as we need much more from you. ”

The boycott then tore into the team’s flops.

“Jos Buttler dropped catches and his batting was terrible …

“I’m sorry to say that Haseeb Hameed has not understood that. No matter how decent Haseeb looks in the nets or in county cricket, he has struggled and will struggle at the international level to play as he does on a straight line.

“Rory Burns is ugly to look at. If it’s the best of what English cricket has to offer, then God help England, his technique you would not give to a friend. The guy has a huge determination and courage. I take my hat off For him and full honor for all he gets out of his batting, but England must find something better. “

Scyld Berry said in The Telegraph that Root was mistaken for this series from the start.

“Root can at least reflect that his own performances were neither better nor worse than most English captains Down Under: they have almost managed to keep their own game together, whether their team won or lost,” Berry wrote.

“No captain has certainly made such a big, catastrophic and far-reaching mistake as Root, who, by deciding to strike first in Brisbane instead of attacking Australia at their weakest point, set off on the wrong leg and stayed there. , which the trip resolved quickly.

“Stuart Broad’s grip on David Warner was Australia’s only major vulnerability. Instead, Root initially chose to expose England’s greatest vulnerability, their top order, by choosing a balanced attack and then striking first. England were embarking on a downward spiral as they were rejected for 147 and Chris Woakes and Ollie Robinson – a pair who had never shared a new ball – opened the bowling alley. “

John Etheridge, who wrote in The Sun, was typically blunt.

“Joe Root was in despair, a catastrophic collapse caused England to topple into yet another massacre in the Ashes final,” he wrote.

“Incredibly, England lost all ten wickets for just 56 runs in 22 overs. It’s almost unbelievable – and yet it was all somehow predictable.

“Root should definitely step down now. He looks haunted by this experience and has lost himself.

“He should concentrate on scoring more than 1,000 races in the next five years and handing over the job of dealing with the worst English battle team in memory to another.

“Of course we knew it would happen – it always does – but this downturn came after a promising start in which openers Rory Burns and Zak Crawley reached 68-0.

The Telegraphs Nick Hoult said at least two heads should roll.

“The brutal truth is that they were a wicket away from a money laundering thanks to the collapse in the series of 8 for 86 (Adelaide), 8 for 74 (Brisbane), 10 for 61 (MCG) and 10 for 56 here,” Hoult wrote .

“The heads will no doubt roll with Chris Silverwood, the coach and team director, Ashley Giles, the two likely victims of another Ashes crush in Australia.

“Silverwood was out of his depth and whistled over strategy and selection. Giles gave him the power and created the system that has not worked. Both knew they would be judged on this series and were in Hobart to see its terrible end.

“Root said this tour would define his captaincy. He wants to continue and will give the ECB a plan for change, but it was worrying that he pushed the blame onto the county system and supported everyone in the group to continue.

“It’s not all county cricket’s fault. He was also guilty of most of the decisions that were made here, and he hangs on because there are no others to do the job. It’s a sad situation.”

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