Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 3rd 2014 Contents second highest run-scorer in
the series - only Kevin Pietersen
has scored more---and, though
his strike-rate (38.20) has
attracted much attention, it is
higher than Root s (33.27).
But in desperate times, play-
ers are afforded less patience.
Carberry could well be a victim
of the management s need to
find some positives from such
a disappointing tour. In the
longer-term, his omission
should be cause of reflection
for the selectors. No-one should
be surprised if an unproven
opener, thrust into an away
Ashes series, struggles.
Root and Pietersen hit the
ball beautifully in the nets yes-
terday, but Root, in particular,
needs to start justifying the faith
expressed in him by the England
management. In retrospect, it
was a mistake to move him
from No 6 ahead of the last
Ashes series---a decision that
also saw Nick Compton
dropped---and, in an ideal
world, he would still be able to
continue his development
against the softer ball in the middle-
As it is, though, Root looks set to
move to the top of the order with Ian
Bell moving to No 3. Some might say
that is how it should have been since
Jonathan Trott went home; others that
England are in chaos and might as well
pick the batting order out of a hat. Root
has passed 30 just three times in 16
innings when batting in the top three.
And that s the problem for England.
For if you claim an attention to detail
that includes the publication of a cook-
book, that requires more than £20 mil-
lion of investment each year, that
requires an army of support staff so
vast that it may as well include a lum-
berjack and horse whisperer, then you
have to show more for it than a team
that changes each game, a random bat-
ting order and a collection of out of
form players who look as if they ve
rather be stacking shelves. Somewhere,
somehow, this England environment
has started turning fine players into
Cricket would not be the beautiful,
beguiling sport we love if it was pre-
dictable. But England require a miracle
of Biblical proportions to earn a con-
solation victory in this game. And it s
hard to see how even a plague of locusts
can help them now. (Cricinfo)
Friday, January 3, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
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The Sydney Test could be
viewed as a fresh start for England
at the beginning of a new year,
but the build up has not inspired
confidence and it will take a colos-
sal turnaround to end with a vic-
Paul Downton could be forgiven
for wondering what he had walked
into as he started his new job yes-
Downton has just assumed the
role of managing director of Eng-
land cricket and made his first
appearance at an England net ses-
sion at the Sydney Cricket Ground
the day before the fifth Test.
Observing from the back, talking
to head selector James Whitaker,
Downton kept his thoughts to him-
self, but cannot have been overly
impressed by what he saw.
He might interpret recent events
in a positive manner. He might
conclude that, unlike David Moyes
a few months ago, he is not inher-
iting a team in which there are
unrealistic hopes or expectations.
He might conclude that the only
way is up. But he will also have
seen how much work he has in
front of him.
He would have seen Jonny
Bairstow, who will retain his place
as England wicketkeeper for this
game, kicking the stumps after
dropping yet another chance in
practice. He would have seen a list-
less warm-up, a long team talk and
a joyless net session from which
smiles and laughs were absent.
England look as if they cannot wait
to go home.
Downton would also have seen
Monty Panesar, who is said to be
an injury doubt with a strained calf
muscle, bowling without obvious
discomfort. If Panesar does not
play---and it seems highly likely he
will not---it will have little to do
with his fitness.
England still have a tough deci-
sion to make on selection. The Syd-
ney pitch traditionally offers a little
assistance to the spinners, though
less in recent years, but this one is
unusually green. If they go into this
game without Panesar or James
Tredwell, they will be reliant for
spin upon Joe Root and Scott
Borthwick. Both are talented young
cricketers with many positive qual-
ities, but neither is yet a specialist
Among the other decisions Eng-
land have to make is whether to
include Gary Ballance and Boyd
Rankin. The evidence of the training
session suggests both will play with
Ballance likely to displace Michael
Carberry and Rankin likely to dis-
place Tim Bresnan. Three debutants
doesn t just speak of a new era; it
speaks of desperation. It has hap-
pened only once since the chaotic
1990s, at Nagpur in 2006.
It would be tough to drop Car-
berry. He is currently England s
England facing a bitter end to Ashes
Scott Borthwick ... expected to make Test debut
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