IT’S TIME TO INTROSPECT

The defeat by India in the T20 series is an alarming situation for English players that, whatever be the rankings, they do not necessarily rule the game in white-ball cricket.

Paul Farbrace, England’s interim coach during this T20 phase, is an optimistic fellow.

He said,“We’ve learned a lot over the last four matches and we’ve also been taught a lesson in T20 cricket as well”.

ANOTHER CHANCE FOR ROOT

Despite being recognised as England’s first-class multi-format batsman, Root was under pressure following scores of 35, 0 and 9 in his three previous T20 innings against Australia and India respectively.

He made way for the return of Ben Stokes in Bristol after Alex Hales played a match-winning half-century at Cardiff on Friday.

“Every player goes through a period where you either find it hard or you’ve left out the side. We all know that [Joe’s] response will be to work harder, try harder and score more runs”

“I’m sure he was extremely disappointed to be left out because he wants to play every game for England and he actually wants to show he’s a high-quality player in all forms of the game. You need people who can control the strike, can play spin well and keep you in tight games. That’s a skill Joe has, he might not have the same power as that of Stokes or Bairstow but powerful cricket shots, even in T20, will get your advantage.

I think if England is to be successful in T20 cricket over a few years down the line leading into the World Cup, Joe will play an impressive and big part in that.”

“Any experience he gained over the last few days will definitely help him.

Players learn from players and I’m confident that Joe will be watching the way Morgs talks to the team, the way he goes about all the things, the way he makes crucial decisions.

INDIAN SQUAD IS DANGEROUS

Farbrace assures England will face another tough challenge from India in the ODI series.
“They are a spectacular side, and are definitely here to get stuck into the game,” he said. “We are going to have to play exceptionally well to win it”, he added.