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