Winter Ashes Loss Exposes Cracks In The English Cricket Team
There is a huge difference between losing and winning, that goes beyond the obvious. Winning provides a mask, one which hides flaws and cracks. However, losing brings any weaknesses to the fore, and this is exactly the situation the England cricket team find themselves in.
England captain, Alastair Cook, himself admitted last summer’s successes hid some of England’s flaws. This was not restricted to the players, but he pointed his own finger to himself. Saying his captaincy skills were not where they should have been, and this has been exposed in the current series. In three months, England have gone from winning the Ashes in a convincing manner, to losing in the most convincing manner and handing over the Ashes urn.
England’s flaws need to be dealt with by a stable base to create another era of success
Cook then went on the admit he questioned his own position in the team. This is exactly what happens when big losses have to be digested, it weakens the mental state of players and the team as a whole. The one bonus for the England cricket team is they are going through a period of change, and this loss will only serve to strengthen the mental state of players and their performances on the field.
The fourth test has begun, the first day is also over. England finishing the day 226 for 6, and the top five batsman were all dealt with by the Australian bowlers. The signs do not favour the away side posting a big score, after all England’s flaws have been revealed for everyone to see. But with Pietersen still at the crease and another half century under his belt, he could give England some hope. Dependent of course on the English tail.
What is clear is, England have a long way to go towards rebuilding their side. For the return Ashes series and for the cricket World Cup, the traditional 50-over one. For that to happen, the England cricket team will need to stick with their captain and create a stable base from which to build. And hope one by one players begin showing the talent which has elevated them to the international stage.