Joe Root insisted he would wait until the end of the Ashes tour to discuss his future as test captain and called on England cricket to ‘reset’ their approach to the red ball format after Australia clinched a series victory within 12 days.
In the aftermath of England’s innings loss to Melbourne, an unassailable 3-0 score sealed by an embarrassing collapse to 68 on morning three, Root was asked if he wanted to continue in a role that brought a record. English 27 test wins but seven of eight losses in Australia.
“The series is not over yet. We have two really big games and more than anything it would be wrong to look past that, ”replied Root, who was among the casualties as newbie Scott Boland pulled off remarkable six-for-seven bowling tricks. from four times.
“I’m in the middle of a very important series. My energy has to be devoted to trying to win the next game. I can’t be selfish and start thinking about myself. I think most of all you need to continue to strive to do everything possible to get players in the best possible place to win test matches.
Root had already been taken out for 28 minutes during 80 minutes of carnage, meaning his own annus mirabilis with the bat missed 80 runs to break Mohammad Yousuf’s test record of 1,788 during a calendar year. In the end, others fell short here, with Rory Burns dropping out in Melbourne second-best with 530 races in 2021. On the third morning they also recorded their 54th duck of 2021, tying a record set in 1998.
It was also England’s ninth defeat since early January, tying a new record for a calendar year. In 2016, after eight defeats in the Test, the year ended with the departure of a jaded Alastair Cook from the harbor master’s office.
The decision may be taken out of Root’s hands, with him and head coach Chris Silverwood expected to review their positions by Ashley Giles when the director of men’s cricket arrives in Australia next week ahead of the fourth test. .
However, the issues seem to go beyond the captain and the coach, with the latter Ashes defeating calls for English cricket to reassess its first-class approach to the game. Root is hopeful that a reboot will happen, similar to what followed England’s heart-wrenching 2015 World Cup campaign and then led Eoin Morgan to lift the trophy four years later.
Root said, “It’s a big part of the state of play in our country right now that the one place you can really learn [to play Test cricket] is in the most difficult environment for a fairly young batting group.
“They have to learn here in the harshest environments. You look back to 2015 and the reset that happened in white ball cricket, and maybe that’s something that needs to happen in our red ball game as well. “
In the short term, the England squad are facing a Covid-19 outbreak among the nearly 60 people on tour who saw three coaches and three family members tested positive for the virus and forced into self-isolation, and could still threaten the completion of a tour which, after Sydney, ends with a day-night test in Hobart.
Both groups of players were cleared by emergency PCR testing before day three began at MCG, with further testing due to take place over the next few days.
For Australia, the winning streak crowns a rewarding few months that began with a surprise victory at the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. However, their captain, Pat Cummins, declined to be shot over the future of head coach Justin Langer, whose position has been the subject of much debate over the past 12 months.
Cummins, who replaced Tim Paine before the series started, said, “I think we’re going to savor this win today and continue the Ashes. I don’t think today is the day to speculate on [Langer’s future]. We will all sit down together after this series. His contract is due for renewal in a few months and we will take care of it then. “
Commenting on his team’s Ashes campaign to date, Cummins said, “It doesn’t just look like a three-zero win, it’s really like we’re preparing for the next few years as well.
“We currently have seven players in the world top 10 – four hitters [Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, David Warner and Travis Head] and three bowlers [Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc].
“Over the past couple of years, we probably haven’t had the performances we probably expected from ourselves. So I think that really consolidates the fact that we are a very good, strong test cricket team and that’s a good sign for the next few years.