Well, it was disappointment that England yet again had to endure with as Sri Lanka won the Royal London ODI Series by 3-2. If I am to be very honest, the reasons for so many lost matches are two, the first one being that of the squad (which we’ll discuss in another article), and the other one being the use of the two words “New Era” to the most wrong extent by, in fact, the whole team as a lame excuse for every lost match.
Since the very end of The Ashes, we’ve been quite familiar with this term and are likely to be, until at least the next year if the wrong use of it isn’t brought about an end to by the doyens, oh wait! Cook and Moores themselves are using it as an excuse?
That sums up the future thus particularly the ODI one and most likely the test future too (a warning). It is (The New Era term) just a kind of hype that has been created and developed overtime which has been widely put to use to protect the team from opprobrium and at the same team, gain sympathy as to make believe that “yes it is a new team struggling to settle and all that” which is rubbish.
Yes, the term looked fine when used after The Ashes but it's five months now and England are still resting at a house named “New Era” where no one can do any damage to them whatsoever which, if continues, could push us into that aphotic hole from where we struggle to get out.
My point is that rather than taking out positives from “badly” lost matches under the primary excuse of “Beginning of a new era”, Cook needs to focus on how to win matches by getting the combination of the team right and bringing about a change in the mentality that says “it’ll take us time to get back to winning ways as we have lost some of our best players”.
Did India just sit back after Sehwag, Dravid, Laxman, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Tendulkar, Harbhajan, Zaheer departed at almost the same times as they had lost their touch? Or did the Aussie captains Ponting and Clarke sit back thinking they had lost Hayden, Gilchrist, McGrath, Lee, Martyn, Warne, Clark and it was a “new era” for them? They did contrary to what England are doing.
They (India and Australia) immediately thought of getting back to winning ways and succeeded by finding or re-calling players like Dhawan, Sharma, Pujara, Vijay, Ahmed, Ashwin, Kohli, Warner, Watson, Rogers, Johnson, Haddin, Finch, Maxwell, Bailey and the list goes on as they boast of some of the world’s best players.
Though, in England’s case, they are still mulling over lost players and playing matches with the mentality that “even if we lose, it doesn’t matter as we are in the re-building phase” which won’t let the team succeed for almost another two years.
No doubt, we’ve some of the world’s finest players in our team but the mentality that we are playing with and the excessive use of the excuse of “new era” has started backfiring and the more we lose, the more the younger players will lose confidence and we don’t want this. Being laconic, I’d only say “Please stop giving excuses England”.... Please.
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