This summers Ashes tour is one England can hopefully never look back on. Beaten 4-0 in the series and for most of the series we’ve never been in it. Except for that drawn test in Sydney, that was pretty cool ay.
Surely as the team wraps up the tour with a few relaxing games of golf in the sun before they head home, the attention will turn to Joe Root and whether he’s up to being the captain moving forward. And while he was the 3rd highest run scorer for the whole series combing both sides, it’s his decision making that raises the most questions for me, and it all started at the Gabba before a ball was bowled when on a pitch that was greener than a Lawn Bowling green and the weather was as overcast as it would be back home, he chose to have a bat.
But the bad decisions didn’t just stay with the toss, his fielding in the first 3 test were as if he knew the bowling attack didn’t have it in them to get 10 wickets in an innings and were more just to limit the damage as much as possible. A good plan if your batting lineup could make consistent totals and have players regularly get over 50, but we couldn’t. I still think he’s a great player for England but maybe it’s time for someone else to step in and captain the side.
Another issue for this team right now is the ageing pace attack. Jimmy Anderson is one of the best to ever play for England, and his not out record stands alone in world cricket, but surely there were better bowlers back home that could’ve taken his place. And in light with what happened in the series, I can’t help but think a young bowler going on his first tour to Australia wouldn’t have ended up making what happened in the series worse.
2 of the small positives I’ll take out of this tour are the form of Johnny Bairstow after he returned from injury, and the form of Zac Crawley. Bairstows hundred in the SCG test was huge in helping give England a chance at winning the test and his 41 in the second innings was influential in helping them hold on to the draw on the final day. The last hour of play on that final day was easily the most entertaining period of cricket the entire series.
I still can’t get over how good it felt when Jimmy Anderson blocked and left his way to a historic and proud moment for English cricket.
Now it’s time for all English sports fans to move on to the next big events for England this year. Starting with a test series against the West Indies beginning in March and then the big one in November for some stupid reason, the FIFA World Cup, and man am I repeating the cycle of an England fan of letting the hope and hype build up. I 100% know that in about October I will firmly believe the England National team will win this World Cup.