England didn’t win a series of tests in 2019, except for the
one-time match against Ireland in July. For the first time since 1999, English
has traveled a calendar year without winning a series of tests.
Joe Root men lost to West Indies 2-1, drew Ashes 2-2 and
lost to New Zealand 1-0. Thanks to Steve Smith, England did not keep Ashes at
home for the first time in 18 years. Their current South Africa tour has
started poorly, losing their First Test in Centurion after 107 runs.
There is a good balance between tightening and changing and
players think this may be their only chance. It was a poor environment when the
players were looking over their shoulders.
The UK has been experimenting with countless opening batsmen
since Andrew Strauss’s career, which ended in 2012. Alastair Cook’s retirement
last year, gave the team two vacant positions at the top of the order.
Rory Burns has impressed in the Ashes, scoring an outdated first century at Edgbaston. However, the median score of the trivial test is 33.75 highlighting his inconsistencies.
With the exception of Stokes, English batsmen have struggled
for the past twelve months, all averaging under 40 in Test cricket.
After losing to South Africa on Sunday, former England
captain Nasser Hussain tortured his team, poor tactics and lack of discipline
with sticks and balls.
If an England team can win when it does nothing and they can
win when it does something, you have nowhere else to go. This is not Melbourne
on a drop field without doing anything, this is not a Kookaburra ball in
Australia without doing anything. This is a yard suitable for England.
England will drop below Australia on the ICC Test rankings in the next few weeks – if Australia wins their New Year test then that’s almost certain.
The World Championship final takes place on English soil; at
Lord Trick in June 2021. Currently sitting in sixth position on the ladder,
England have few chances to play in the highly anticipated match.