Former England skipper Alec Stewart feels that sacking Alastair Cook as England’s ODI captain simply a couple of months in front of the 2015 World Cup won’t be the right step and asked the players not to be overcautious and unadventurous.
“England are gazing down the barrel after yesterday’s determined six-wicket rout — hard on the heels of the 133-run pounding they took at Cardiff. In the week when both Graeme Swann and Michael Vaughan addressed Alastair Cook’s spot in the group and discounted his team’s possibilities of winning one year from now’s World Cup, England have everything to do. They have a mountain to climb being two down with only two ODIs to play,” Stewart composed in his section in The Mirror.
India leading the series with 2-0 and still 2 matches left England is in a great trouble. Stewart is not sure of whether Cook and his team would be able to turn things around and give India an answer by winning the rest of the matches in series and slience the critics or things will go on India’s side and they will win the summer.
“A week ago I asked England to overcome and take the positive choices at each open door however what’s been on show so far is the same old failings. Overcautious and unadventurous, rehashing mix-up after oversight. Viewing England in this current arrangement is precisely how England played back in the mid-1990s. England need to comprehend that the amusement has proceeded onward and must be ready to play a style of cricket that will stress the restriction,” he said.
Stewart said it won’t be insightful to uproot Cook as the ODI skipper just before the ICC World Cup 2015, which would be facilitated by Australia and New Zealand.
“Any call for Cook to be remained down will fail to receive any notice and I can comprehend why the selectors won’t change things with simply a couple of months to go before the World Cup begins. Fans have called for Cook to be taken out of the squad however it may not be practical to transform it so close to the World Cup. The enormous test is to get this group of players playing without dread and being permitted to show off their abilities,” he said.
With the Indian spinners getting the upper hand and brining the England batsman to their knees England must think again on its strategies. The Spinners out bowled the batsmen in the ODI. Stewart said that a below average score 227 on a slow pitch was not enough for the blowers to protect England from India. None of the batsmen scored runs in 50+ in the ODI series. England have a lot to worry about. Ian Bell and Eoin Morgan are good players but the presence of Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali in the squad will affect their play.
Stewart said that if England still continues to show poor batting skills then the selectors will be forced to experiment and include players like James Taylor, James Vince or Jason Roy for the seven-match series in Sri Lanka before Christmas. They won’t get much time to get used to the international pitches and judge a player from the sub-continental with World Cup nearing very fast and Australia and New Zealand have surfaces which can give pace and bounce and provide little help to the spin bowlers.