Australia wins the Ashes, shows England's impotence in red ball cricket
England moves an inch closer to the embarrassing 5-0 defeat in the hands of Australia
In the 2021 Indian T20 League season, the Mumbai franchise released a video of Kieron Pollard where the West Indian was saying, “I love test cricket but I can’t play it”. There’s no lie in saying that now when you see the England team, you will get the same kind of vibes. In the year 2021, Joe Root scored the most number of runs for the nation. He scored 1708 runs in test cricket playing against the likes of Sri Lanka, a couple of series against India, New Zealand and three matches against Australia. So, the amount of runs he made is really great for a calendar year. The second highest run scorer is Rory Burns with 530 runs and the third highest scorer was Extras with 412 on board. Imagine!
This is how terrible the England team has been and there’s no sign that the team can improve. Jimmy Anderson at the age of 39 is picking four wickets, five wickets in an innings and their batters are just going to the park, spending some time in the sun and coming back. It’s like they are on a holiday and the sense and desperation of winning is simply missing. On many occasions it was clearly seen the players are more or less afraid to face the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Scott Boland.
It should be a lesson for all the English fans who can talk the talk but fail to walk the talk. After losing their first match at Gabba, ‘proud’ English fans went on to social media to claim that the team will be winning 4-1 and a few days later, their team is down and out and is 3-0 down against their arch-rivals. Like said previously, there’s no hope for the England team. They can hope for a comeback but it is currently out of picture. They definitely do have many quality players in the likes of Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Johnny Bairstow and others but none of them have shown any kind of sign where the fans can get some hope.
No matter what it is, getting bowled out for just 68 runs against your arch-rivals is the most humiliating thing that a team can face. Bharat Sundaresan rightly mentioned in his article that it was a fast bowling porn at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. With 42,000 people right behind you, players of course will be worried for what’s coming and specially if it’s Mitchell Starc or Pat Cummins. Starc dismissed Zak Crawley and Dawid Malan in two consecutive bowls and the ball he bowled to Joe Root was nothing less than X-rated visuals. The English players looked terrified and there’s very little that they could do. After that, Scott Boland went absolutely bonkers. In his debut match, the Aussie picked 6 wickets in only 4 over’s and finished the business that Starc and Cummins started.
There’s not a single excuse that the former England players and their media can give. Michael Vaughn criticized the Indian pitches in the summer stating that it is not fit to play and the matches are finishing in 2-3 days. He is quiet today as the match finished in almost similar time. Only the condition changed. The moral of the story is very simple – This England team is not good at playing pace nor are they good at playing spin. They need to focus on their red ball cricket if anything because the likes of Zak Crawley and Haseeb Hameed won’t win them matches outside England.
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