Saturday, 20 January, 2018

England Captain Joe Root Urged to Stay Away from 2018 IPL

Geoffrey Boycott speaks to Michael Vaughan and Jimmy Anderson on Monday Geoffrey Boycott speaks to Michael Vaughan and Jimmy Anderson on Monday
Kristopher Love | 12 January, 2018, 19:41

England's all-time leading wicket-taker insisted the series did not feel "completely disastrous" and that he did not see a need for a "big upheaval" in personnel.

England's one day side have gone up the rankings since Trevor Bayliss took charge as coach.

Root's illness forced him to sleep through the closing stages of Monday's Test loss, and the English squad must find a way to recover from the nightmare of the 4-0 series defeat.

"James Vince and Mark Stoneman have shown what they're capable of but would be a little disappointed they weren't able to capitalise on some of their good play".

Consider how it compares with Peter Moores during his much-derided two spells as England coach, from 2007-09 and 2014-15. "Overseas, that is played 19, won three, drawn four, lost 12".

The former Sri Lanka coach told BBC Sport he had always meant to step down at the end of his contract and had notified England director of cricket Andrew Strauss of his plans a year ago.

And Bayliss has indeed overseen a metamorphosis in England's limited overs cricket.

Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood bring extra pace to the attack, and leg-spinner Adil Rashid is a white-ball weapon. Incongruously, England are now even the proud holders of the record score in one-day worldwide cricket.

His contract takes him up to the end of the 2019 Ashes series, when Australia coach Darren Lehmann also plans to call it quits. There would be no better way of doing so than with a World Cup winning team.

Steve Smith, the Baggy Greens' captain, is the man of the moment in world cricket, not just for the way he steered the ship against England but through the glorious weight of his own performance with the bat.

The trouble is, this transformation has come during a time of profound stasis in the Test side, and the sense of a side making the same mistakes on loop, and only becoming more dependent on the same old players.

"Malan has probably done enough, he's probably cemented one of those spots we were after".

"It will be a different prospect playing Test cricket in England in the summer again".

Of course the crowd would love to see their team win each time Australia and England lock horns.

Bayliss is under pressure for the underperformance of the Test team and its lack of progress on his watch. He puts a lot into it - don't be confused by that sort of low-key body language of someone who doesn't care about English cricket.

There are plenty out there, including former Yorkshire players such as new England bowling coach Chris Silverwood, current Yorkshire first-team coach Andrew Gale and new Essex coach Anthony McGrath.

"He is a very talented and tough cricketer who has the ideal qualities and character to be successful in the Test arena".