Alastair Cook criticizes England's Decision-making of both the Tests of Ashes

Alastair Cook criticizes England’s Decision-making of both the Tests of Ashes

England have suffered huge defeat again in the Australian soil, this time at Adelaide in a pink-ball contest. Despite Butler’s fightback on Day 5, the visitors were unable to save the test match. Cricket Experts around the globe have been critical of England’s display on the field, many suggesting that England are on their way to a 5-0 whitewash.

Cook, England’s captain during their 5-0 whitewash in Australia eight years ago and their leading run-scorer on their victorious 2010-11 tour, said that England’s decision-making “hasn’t been good enough”, and said that there was seems to be no pre-planned strategy that Chris Silverwood – England’s head coach and Cook’s former Essex coach – had regularly referred to throughout his two years in charge.

No evidence of planned decisions are seen on the field – Cook
“Ultimately, England are ruing the fact they’ve made too many mistakes in these two games,” Cook said in BT Sport’s coverage. “Their fielding isn’t as good as Australia’s, the decision-making off the field to get to this point hasn’t been good enough, and you can’t afford – on a tour like this – to make mistakes. It’s such a tough tour anyway.
 
“Hindsight is the easiest place to come from but we’ve gone into this tour with all the stuff from Chris Silverwood, saying ‘we’re going to be the best-prepared England team’, ‘we’ve prepared for this’, ‘we want to arrive with this, this and this.’ Yes, there have been some circumstances they can’t have avoided like the Covid situation, the weather they’ve had, the T20 World Cup rescheduled.
 
“But they turned up to play the biggest Ashes game which is the first one, where you set the tone, where you start to get in the series, and played a bowling attack that had never played before together. Where’s the planning? We talk about planning but I can’t see where that planning has got to.”
Dropping Broad for the First Test was such a poor decision – Cook
Finally, Cook commented on the decision to omit Stuart Broad from the first Test at the Gabba, suggesting picking him should have been “a no-brainer”.
 
“I don’t think James [Anderson] was fit to play that game, so that’s fine,” he said. “So then you go for a guy who’s got a good record at the Gabba, Stuart Broad, who you know can handle big situations, has delivered for England in the past… and you don’t play him. I’m sitting there going ‘really? Like, really? How’s that decision been made. To me, that’s a no-brainer.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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