Moral Boost Needed By England’s Test Cricketers
The back end of 2013 didn’t go the way England’s test cricketers would have hoped. But with the Ashes series well and truly over. All that England have left is to step on the field of play and enjoy the last moments of the series, and start 2014 on a better note.
Mark Butcher is one man who has experience of playing in an English side which squared up against the Aussies, during their years of total dominance. And his advice is simple, to find a way to get rid of the frustration and stresses, and walk out in the final test in a happier relaxed mental state.
Flower has to go back to the drawing board
The advice may be obvious, but it may have its place. After all he was in the English side that received a 5-0 whitewash in 2003, and was in the test team that went into the final test 4-0 down. England’s test cricketers at that time were also struggling for motivation, but with a renewed mind from a few extra alcoholic beverages at new year and a football game on new years day.
The parallels with the side from 2003 and the current side are crystal clear. Batsman low on confidence, second guessing their shots and then failing once the pressure rises. And while Andy Flower has supported himself and his coaching style, which had allowed England to challenge and beat the very best, this loss will certainly take them back to the drawing board.
As such this next period will be a big character building opportunity for England’s test cricketers, and there is no need for wholesale changes. Unfortunately for the English this has happened on its own during the tour. Stability is needed to give players the confidence to play to their very best again. With one test to go, it may just be time for the players to forget about everything and just enjoy their cricket.