After the humiliating loss in the Ashes series, the England cricket team is all set for a revamp.
There is not a single soul in the whole cricketing fraternity who can decline the fact that England’s test squad has become stagnant over the years. After being a dominating team in the longest format of the game, for a long time, they are going through a steep decline.
This dip in form and intent was clearly visible earlier in the home series against India. And was followed up in the Ashes series, where they suffered a humbling defeat by the margin of 4-0.
Several questions were raised after this defeat. And as anyone could have expected, the head coach of the England cricket team, Chris Silverwood, had to face the axe.
He, however, was not the only one to come under the scanner. The English batting coach Graham Thrope and managing director Ashley Giles were also relieved of their duties.
England Cricket team goes through plethora of changes
All of these decisions were taken on the same day, as Friday, 4th February became the day of changes for the English cricket team.
Andrew Strauss, the former captain of England, has now been assigned as the team’s managing director. Although his position is interim for the time being, the director has announced that Joe Root will still remain the captain of the test team.
Strauss said, “it’s probably worth saying at this stage that Joe Root will be captaining the side in the West Indies,” reports AFP. He added that Root is committed to moving the team forward. Strauss believes he has got the motivation to do the same.
Root is not the only one in the team who is committed to the better future of the team. Strauss hinted that there are other players too who will support him in the daunting task of rebuilding the team.
“I’m very happy to give him my support and make sure we have the right structure around him to take pressure off him and make sure he can do his job,” Strauss concluded.
The England cricket team has a month to prepare for the tour. The first test between West Indies and England will start on the 8th of March.
It will be fascinating to see how Joe Root and Andrew Strauss will approach the crisis they find England Cricket in. Hopefully, they will be able to navigate through this phase. And prepare themselves for the ultimate English summer to defend the test series in the decider against India.