Five things England needs to do after a defeat against West Indies

England are currently at the bottom of the World Test Championship after their latest series loss to West Indies. This has put captain Joe Root in an untenable position

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Dean Wilson reviews England’s loss against West Indies

England’s series loss to West Indies by 1-0 saw them fall to a new low. Joe Root’s side had failed to win any of the five Test series they have played in for the first time ever.

After England’s embarrassing loss to Australia in the Ashes, the tour was to start a new era. However, it didn’t go as planned. England lost the last Test by 10 wickets to Australia and drew the first two Tests. This further exposed their weaknesses in Test cricket.

There are serious structural problems that plague the England team. The ECB has commissioned a high performance review panel to examine the current state English cricket. The recommendations of the review will be published in September. These could help to shape a potential restructuring of the English game starting in 2023.

As a result, Mirror Sport This article examines five issues that England urgently needs to address. Some will be easier to solve than others.

New head coach and managing director

The first item on the agenda will be the appointment of a head coach and managing director. After the Ashes both Ashley Giles & Chris Silverwood were fired. Strauss & Paul Collingwood replaced them on an interim basis.

England hope to name their new managing directors next month. The person who gets that job will be responsible for appointing the coach. While Marcus North, a former Australia cricket international, is the current director of cricket at Durham, Rob Key, Ed Smith, and Mark Nicholas are all said to be interested, North is the frontrunner.

England needs to decide if they would like to split the coaching duties between white and red ball cricket. Given the vastly different state of the teams, a split would be a good idea. England is among the best at white ball cricket in the world but is bottom of World Test Championship.

An in-house candidate, such as Collingwood or one from the franchises like Mahela Jawardene, would be ideal for white ball cricket. Justin Langer and Gary Kirsten are the best choices for the Test team.

Joe Root, England captain has come under scrutiny


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A new captain

After the Ashes, it was obvious that Root’s tenure as England captain was over. Root’s output as a batsman has not been affected, but Root clearly has his limitations as a captain.

England has tended to let the games flow on the field under his leadership. In the last two years, opposition teams have had 14 8th, 9th, and 10th wicket partnerships of 40+ against England, more than any other Test country.

“Tactically he consistently misses a trick,”Michael Vaughan, former captain of England, wrote in his column for the Telegraph. “It has been a consistent trend that when England have been put under pressure on Joe’s watch they have not been able to cope.”

The big question is who should replace Root. Only Stokes and the all-rounder Ben Stokes seem to be guaranteed a place in the team. Root’s continued leadership is not sufficient.

Broad and Anderson are back

England was able to take over the tour after having been cut for it. “bring some new blood into the bowling resources”The Caribbean was not a good place for Craig Overton and Chris Woakes, who were the preferred new-ball partners. The surfaces in Antigua, Barbados and Barbados were not very supportive for seamers. However, Broad and Anderson could have had a greater impact in Grenada where Kyle Mayers won 7-31 with his medium-pace bowling.

Both of them are near the end in their careers, but they still remain two of England’s greatest bowlers and have a lot to offer. England is blessed with a large number of seamers, which includes Jofra Arer, Mark Wood, Jofra Stone, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood (at home), Saqib Mahmood and Matthew Fisher.

Broad and Anderson are open about wanting to continue playing international cricket. They should both be selected for England this summer. One of them might even be offered the captaincy in a short-term deal.

Stuart Broad and James Anderson should be back in the fold this summer


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The opener dilemma

England has been searching since Strauss’ retirement in 2012 for a reliable opener. England tried 19 openers after Sir Alastair cook retired in 2018.

Alex Lees and Zak Crawley, the latest pair, managed only one partnership that was worth more than 50 runs in West Indies. There are concerns about both of them. Crawley is known for his tendency to take big drives in the early innings, which led to him scoring a great 121 in the first Test. However, he will often be out for cheap runs.

David Lloyd, ex-England coach and critic, said that Lees failed to keep going after several solid starts. “must seize the moment when it’s time to move the scoreboard on”. Lees, however, is worth persevering with because of a stubborn pair in Grenada where Jonny Bairstow was not the only frontline England batter who reached double figures.

England’s spin problems

England has had a problem with spin since the retirement of Graeme Swann. Swann was replaced long-term by Moeen Ali, who did an admirable job considering he was primarily a batting allrounder when he made Test debut.

Jack Leach, currently the first-choice spinner for England has played 22 Test matches. However, he has clearly demonstrated his limitations as a spinner. Leach took 29 wickets at 51.86 in the first innings and 50 at 20.30 during the second.

It’s not surprising that a spinner is more effective in the second innings. However, both Swann and Moeen had their first innings averages in the 30s. Leach performed admirably in the Caribbean, after a tiring Ashes tour in which he took six wickets at 53.50.

His eleven wickets were at 30.81. He was able to keep an end down but failed to win the Antigua and Barbados match. England seem to be reluctant to put their trust in Leach, and they must make a decision about whether or not they want to continue working with him.

Matt Parkinson, the leg-spinner and next cab rank, boasts an impressive first class record of 102 wickets in 23.35. He was first named in the England Test squad in 2019. It is disappointing that he has not been given an opportunity.

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