England captain Joe Root has been phenomenal with the bat while monitoring a record number of defeats | Cricket news


Joe Root had an incredible year with the bat, but captained England to nine test defeats

Joe Root has had a great year.

In 2021, the Yorkshireman has scored 1,708 test runs, comfortably the most of an English hit in a calendar year, and only behind Mohammad Yousuf and Sir Viv Richards on the all-time list, with six centuries and an average of 61.

But despite posting the remarkable numbers, England have lost nine of their 15 Test matches – equivalent to Bangladesh’s record for most defeats in a year – and after winning the first three, they have won only one of the following 12. All under Roots management.

The ongoing Ashes debacle in Australia, where the series has already been lost, has led to head coach Chris Silverwood’s position being seriously questioned and Root facing similar investigations.

“You know people will talk about your position, you know every single thing in English cricket will be questioned,” said former English captain Nasser Hussain. Sky Sports Cricket podcast.

“It always happens after an Ashes series, especially away from home. It’s 12 of the last 13 tests [in Australia] they have lost. We are being hammered in Australia, what goes through your head is that everything will be questioned and your position is open to debate. “

That “everything” has included the state of the county system, the quality of English pitches and the coaching players receive both before and after they enter the international set-up. But another former English captain, Michael Atherton, believes the head coach and captain must take their share of the blame for the latest Ashes can.

Former England spinner Monty Panesar believes Root should continue as test captain regardless of results in Australia

Please use the Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Former England spinner Monty Panesar believes Root should continue as test captain regardless of results in Australia

Former England spinner Monty Panesar believes Root should continue as test captain regardless of results in Australia

“I would actually in this case focus on the details of this trip because I do not think those responsible, in this case Chris Silverwood and Joe Root, can escape responsibility for what has been a flawed trip,” he said.

“A lot of mistakes have been made when it comes to selection and strategy, and had things been better on this tour, I think one could have seen a slightly better result.

“I do not think one can just brush it off and say, ‘everything is systemic, the bigger picture is the problem’, I think there has been an element of personal responsibility for what has gone wrong on this tour because there has been too many mistakes and bad mistakes made. “

After almost five years in the job, there is of course the chance that Root himself can decide that the time has come for a change and resign after the fifth test in Hobart.

Sky Sports' Nasser Hussain says some of the decisions made by England head coach Chris Silverwood and Root on the Ashes tour have been shocking

Please use the Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Sky Sports’ Nasser Hussain says some of the decisions made by England head coach Chris Silverwood and Root on the Ashes tour have been shocking

Sky Sports’ Nasser Hussain says some of the decisions made by England head coach Chris Silverwood and Root on the Ashes tour have been shocking

“You pretty much know when your time as captain is over,” Hussain added.

“I’m not in favor of the players looking at you and losing the locker room – they really need to look at themselves, they have not been ruled out in ’68 because of Joe Root’s leadership.

“When I lost the ashes, I did not worry about what the players thought of me as captain. When I saw the energy in the whiteball series the following summer, I knew my tank was empty, I had gone to the well. Too many times, and I was finished as England’s cricket captain.

“It’s the only decision Joe has to make after this series, can he dig deep to rise to more series and go again as captain? The decision is with Root, has he run out of mental reserves to take this side forward? “

Meanwhile, Rob Key would be interested to see how Root could cope with another head coach with an alternative management approach that might better compliment his captaincy.

“Will he still do it?” he said. “I would love to see how Joe Root would have fared with a Ricky Ponting, a Stephen Fleming or Mahela Jayawardene, guys who know the game inside and out at the level, that’s what I feel he needed. [from a coach] – a Gary Kirsten, such a.

Gary Kirsten has coached both India and South Africa

Gary Kirsten has coached both India and South Africa

“It’s not always how good a player you’ve been, it’s about what the captain needs.”

What England will be wary of is the impact that loss of leadership could have on Roots batting. The last thing they need is to do something that leads to a decline in form from a man who scored over 1,000 races more than the second-best contributor in 2021.

“Often when captains reach this point, it happened for Alastair Cook, it’s usually your batting that goes,” Key added.

“The weight of captaincy means you can not keep going and that scoring races become too much of a task, getting too hard. Captainhood has actually brought out the best in Joe Root.”

In fact, while a general lack of running has been the overall problem for England this year, their first day has been in the shape of his life.

Root scored six Test centuries with an average of 61 in an excellent 2021 with the bat

Root scored six Test centuries with an average of 61 in an excellent 2021 with the bat

“Great, really,” Atherton said. “That paradox of incredible personal success set against a calendar year in which England have lost nine Test matches.

“We almost feel as if those races have been wasted in a way – I mean, not a waste because he will look back with great pride on his year, but it has not resulted in victories, only four victories and nine defeats. . “

Hussain added: “With everything that has gone on around him with the nine test losses, chaos and Covid, watching him strike like he has done this year, carry that side day out, day in, go in at 3 or 8 pm – 2 every single time – I think his batting has just been phenomenal.

“And not just statistics, people run, that’s the way he gets his runs. His mindset at the fold, he plays with a smile on his face.

“It’s something we must not forget, as an English cricket captain is your primary focus on winning Test matches, and he does not, so he, like Silverwood, is under pressure now and the ax can fall on him.

Mark Butcher analyzes who could replace Root as test captain if he were to resign after his team's humiliating Ashes defeat

Please use the Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Mark Butcher analyzes who could replace Root as test captain if he were to resign after his team’s humiliating Ashes defeat

Mark Butcher analyzes who could replace Root as test captain if he were to resign after his team’s humiliating Ashes defeat

“But you’re also an ambassador for your game, and you can not tell him that Joe Root is not a great ambassador for English cricket and the game in general; the way he goes about the game, the way he talks about the game, his love of the game and more importantly, the way he plays and beats.

“We do not admire sometimes – we talk about Ponting, Lara, Tendulkar and Kohli, we have one and his name is Joe Root. His years have just been phenomenal.”

While England still have two games left in Australia, it is hard to imagine that discussions have not already begun in the ECB about what should happen.

No matter what decisions are made, Root will have a big role to play, and given the scarce opportunities to take over as captain, it may not be just with the bat.

.

Give a Comment