Anderson argues that England should focus on red ball cricket after the Ashes debacle | Ashes 2021-22 – nach Welt

Jimmy Anderson wants English cricket to backtrack its aggressive foray towards white ball formats in recent years and has insisted that it is now up to the older players to lift a testing squad that is currently flat after its ashes humiliation.

A trip that began with Anderson believing his final tour of Australia could replace memories of the 2017/18 4-0 defeat has shifted to a zombified state with England 3-0 behind and the two remaining Tests in Sydney and Hobart now a case of playing for Pride and World Test Championship points.

Chris Silverwood, a head coach few expect to stay in place will miss the first one after a faulty tour when isolating after a positive Covid case in his family. Three members of his support team – Jon Lewis (Seam Bowling), Jeetan Patel (Spin) and Darren Veness (Fitness) – also have the virus.

An outbreak that also infected three family members not only resulted in a lack of slingshots in the nets, but also gave the final headache to a team 3-0 behind. This has led to an eruption of opinions about the priorities of English cricket.

During Thursday’s training session, Anderson first emphasized the need for the heads inside the camp not to get involved in the broader issues with two remaining tests only for the 39-year-old to decide he’d like to get some of his chest.

“What I’m saying is that there has been a big boost with white ball cricket since the 2015 World Cup,” said Anderson. “So I would like to think that maybe [a better] The balance between red and white ball cricket is there in the future. At the moment it has tipped slightly towards Weißball. And that has been the case for a number of years.

“If you look at our performance in test cricket over the years, it has been pretty inconsistent. From this point of view, we can hopefully restore this balance just a little. “

When asked if the standard of county championship cricket has declined over his 20 year professional career, Anderson replied, “There’s a little more cricket now, I think. There are more competitions to think about. I think the only thing for me is that the wickets may not be as good as they used to be. You are now seeing a lot more result pitches in county cricket. Maybe in the future we can think about the bigger picture. “

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One would hope the words of England’s record test wicket taker – now up to 639 victims after a flawless four for 33 at the MCG that has proven to be unsuccessful – could resonate further up with England and Wales cricket Body. So also that of captain Joe Root, who demanded a “reset” in red ball cricket after the defeat.

The leadership of the governing body is currently in flux, however, as headhunters have been deployed to fill the current vacant position of Chairman and a Chief Executive from Tom Harrison, who has presided over the past five years and may retire after the end of the fiscal year if a £ 2.1 million bonus pot matures and is shared by senior executives.

Jimmy Anderson in action during the third Ashes test. Foto: Dave Hewison/Speed ​​Media/Shutterstock

The domestic schedule for next summer is currently being worked out and a third round of the county championship could be postponed to mid-summer after last season’s failure. But with the hundred and no competition in men’s cricket to give way, top-notch cricket is still largely treated second-rate.

A new leadership at the top cannot come quickly enough, although Root is expected to remain captain of the test team for the time being due to scarce alternatives. “Everyone thinks so much of him,” said Anderson. “Not just as a guy, but as a cricketer and as a captain. So yeah, hopefully he’ll keep going.

“We know we have so much good support around the world that people get up in the middle of the night to watch, and we are disappointed that we don’t stand up for these people and give them what they see want. ”

Now when asked about motivation, Anderson added, “The guys are pretty flat right now, if I’m brutally honest. It can be difficult, especially for first-time people experiencing the ashes. This is where the older players come in. We have to rally, make sure everyone is in a good place and has a good margin to compete against each other.

“I know I said it last time, but I would be very surprised if I were here in four years. Obviously I didn’t want to [the 4-0 defeat in 2017-18] will be my last memory of australia so i came back here and this will be it. We just weren’t in the races. We now have two games to do something about it. “

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