Joe Root and his men failed to compete against Australia in the 5 match Ashes Test Series, here is the reason for their miserable performance.
England was in no competition against Australia in the Ashes test series. The Aussies were on the march from the first test at Brisbane. Expect for Cameron Bancroft every Australian player played their role to perfection.
England only fought once in this series, that was because of Alastair Cook’s marathon knock at MCG. Their bowlers too were well on course in that match but their much needed performance from the seniors pros of England came when the series was won by Australia.
For Australia every batsmen got runs. Every bowler did a good job for the home team.
But the visitors failed miserably with the bat, ball and sometimes in the field too.
Here are The Reasons why England could not win the Ashes Series –
- The failure of the England Openers – England wanted their openers to give a good start to their innings but Mark Stoneman and his senior partner Alastair Cook failed to do that regularly. Stoneman played well in the warmup up games but when the team needed him to fire he failed to that. As an opening batsman, Stoneman scored only 2 fifties in the Ashes test series. He had a lot to do but the Aussie bowlers were better than Mark Stoneman.
Alastair Cook fired in only 1 match, his 244 not out was a delight to watch. Cook broke many records but England needed him to fire on regular basis. Apart from that 244 marathon innings, Cook didn’t even crossed a 50 run mark in this series. England knows that Cook is not a one match player, he is a great test batsman but now he needs to deliver otherwise Cook’s retirement will be on the cards.
- Joe Root not getting those daddy hundreds – Skipper Joe Root has been batting well, he has been contributing with 70s and 80s. But this is not what England wants from their modern day great player. His team wants Root to convert those starts and get big hundreds to help his team. In this series too Root played well but he failed to score that big hundred which England needed the most. These small contribution from England’s key player have hurt them. Joe Root should find a way to score those daddy to score hundreds otherwise we may see England losing series every now and then.
- Senior Bowling pros didn’t step up – England needed wickets to win this test series, but their most trusted bowlers disappoint them. James Anderson and Stuart Board didn’t work in tandem this time around. They failed to be the threat which they are in their home conditions. Australian bowlers used the pace and bounce from the wicket very well. But the most experienced bowlers of England didn’t. That’s what made a huge difference for the visitors. Anderson bowled decently but Board did not live to his expectations. Outside home conditions England need these two to fire because they are the back bone England’s bowling department. In the 5 match test series Board took only one 4 wicket haul. That’s not what the team wants from their premiere fast bowler. Anderson was the one who looked a little threatening, he was the leading wicket taker from the England side. He has picked up 17 wickets, but the main concern is Board. His performance was not upto the mark. England needs to sort this issue out before touring to another countries.
- Moeen Ali dissapoints – England’s most trusted spin all rounder had an miserable Ashes tour. The tour which Moeen Ali would like to forget. Ali failed miserably in the 5 match test series. His all round skills are only good at home, but outside home he cant contribution the bat and ball. In 5 matches Ali picked up only 5 wickets, this performance from a leading England spinner is not acceptable. Moeen failed with the bat also, he got out after scoring 20s and 30 runs. He has not helped England in anyway in this series. But still England persisted with Moeen Ali, the selection of his is also questionable. England need to think about this. They should need to find other solution than Moeen Ali.
- Youngsters did not fire for England – Players like Dawid Malan, James Vince, Jonny Bairstow and Mark Stoneman needed to play a big innings like the Australian batsmen. But they just contributed in 1 match, that is not good enough when you play against a top quality side like Australia. Expect for Root and Cook, every England player is young and new to experience. These players should have some responsibility on their shoulders. They should take up the challenge and play more responsibly in their next games.