Interesting to note that no team has ever been whitewashed after winning one of the first two matches.
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I agree with most of what Pickup said tbh. The calls for mass changes and the involvement of completely unproven, more-than-raw youngsters like Mills are reactionary. Luckily we have a while to carefully consider where to go from here but I'm certain that throwing in fresh blood for the sake of it is not the way to go.
The body language has been awful and this has been allowed by cook the captain. He hasn't got a strong enough personality to run a side that needs motivating.
The new players coming in to replace some of the disgraced players are simply not up to the task. Bowlers going for 6 an over in a test match clearly shows that.
Many heads have to go including a spell required back in county cricket for cook to get some batting form back. Batsman are clearly scored of johnson which is not acceptable (it just hurts when you get hit - bare up and take the pain and get a bowling m/c to bowl 100mph bouners at you for practice).
So to summarise - no effort, lack of care, poor batting technique, rubbish line and length bowling, poor fielding, poor leadership and crap management. No excuses - heads have to roll.
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I don't see how nothing can change. I agree that the personnel in the team has to stay similar, but then there's a need for a new messenger. They'd stopped listening and caring.
After England lost a few wickets after tea on day 3 of Sydney they stopped trying. You cannot argue otherwise. They scored 76 runs in the last 10 overs and lost 6 wickets. They stopped trying to win. They stopped trying to draw. They waved the white flag and had a swing.
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England need to bring in a new coach and create a new environment because quite plainly this one is too intense. The Australians seem very happy with Lehmann and he appears to be a link to the old school. What is the point of carrying on with the exact same coaches and the exact same formula?
A lot of the blame has to fall on Cook (and probably Flower) imo. Its not something he can probably change, but Cook doesn't strike me as an inspiring leader. Its hard to imagine him rousing the troops or giving people a kick up the arse. Strauss was much more suited to the role.
It didn't help Cook that two of his seniors Trott and Prior fell to pieces and left him to cope by himself. But Cook is not a captain for my money. Great batsman, but not a captain.
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