Jimmy and Wayne can’t dic­tate when they play for Eng­land

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE & VIEWS -

READ­ING be­tween the lines it would ap­pear that Eng­land’s prob­lems in In­dia are par­tially self-in­flicted.

We don’t have the best spin­ners in the world and they re­ally could have done with a full time spin­ner coach to help them through a dif­fi­cult tour. Jonny Bairstow is not a great keeper so he also could have done with some ex­tra help par­tic­u­larly on tour.

How­ever things, are not as bad as they seem. In­dia were ex­pected to win the se­ries and in Kohli and Ash­win had two play­ers who were the dif­fer­ence be­tween the sides.

Eng­land now have to de­cide whether to let Cook carry on as cap­tain or give the side fresh im­pe­tus by pro­mot­ing Joe Root.They also have to de­cide if Jimmy An­der­son has run his course. It’s fine for him to say he wants to carry on but he has to de­liver reg­u­lar­ily. The Eng­land foot­ball team has a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion re­gard­ing Wayne Rooney who wants to carry on for Eng­land for the next 18 months.

But they can’t dic­tate if they are part of the team or not.They have done great jobs for their coun­try and we are grate­ful but ca­reers do not last for­ever and there are other play­ers who want their chance.

They both prob­a­bly have not yet played their last game for their coun­try but the end must be near for them to be au­to­matic choices.

I am look­ing for­ward to the sum­mer Tests be­cause I be­lieve we may have found a bat­ting line-up to go for­ward with: Cook, Hameed, Jen­nings, Root (our best bats­man must bat No.4), Ali, Stokes, Bairstow and four qual­ity, fit bowlers.

I’m dis­ap­pointed how the win­ter has turned out but op­ti­mistic for the fu­ture. PAUL MUNNERY


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