The Ashes are long gone but the effect is still there - this ladies and gentlemen is what we call Ashes cricket. Whereas winning The Ashes ensures you tons of confidence, losing the Urn costs you almost everything and especially when you are clean swept.
What happened with England in the winter was shocking. It wasn’t that the people were staggered by the loss; people were actually gobsmacked by the way it all happened as you couldn’t see a single day of English fight, let alone a day of domination. The harder England tried, the worse they got and by the time The Ashes had ended, an era that included the careers of Kevin Pietersen, Graham Swann and Andy Flower had also finished.
On the other hand, we still don’t know if Jonathan Trott would ever be at his best, all this after just one series. Well, criticism is justified if you play like kids, but at least the English team didn’t expect the fans to turn up against them. Yes, the fans too have started to talk shrilly about how bad a job has Alastair Cook been doing which is rubbish in my view.
The ECB too hasn’t been left out and they have crucified the board for its actions; KP’s sacking to be particular. Now, even if we leave all these things behind, what we realise is that we don’t have a coach yet!
What is needed isn’t being concentrated on and what is not needed is trending in the UK. All these things point out that English cricket is in a sorry state of affairs. What is the solution?
Captain Cook himself needs to step up in my opinion. To stop being gawky and be gallant is what I’d suggest. A few brave Cook words would calm it all for the moment whereas the act of cowardice could result in England being devoid of any support in the near future if we see the way the fans have comported lately.
So much to be done at a time when England are drowning. There doesn’t seem to be any hope whatsoever about how does this team get out of the mess that they have made. The condescension is far from gone from the English fans and to be honest, from English cricket too. The alacrity that the English supporters used to watch an England match with is lost too.
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