I can’t be too critical of these players or this team as they’ve competed much better than I thought they would and have been beaten by a vastly superior team.
The elephant in the room, and the point that I’m confused some people seem to keep missing, is that this is a crap team. One test quality batsman, no frontline spinner, have only played in one test out of four with a pace bowler in the team, still utterly reliant on a (brilliant) 39 year old who is actually finally beginning to show his age in second innings of games. Without our talismanic superhero of an all rounder the cracks in this team cannot be papered over.
This is the first year since 2001 that England will fail to win either home series in a summer. Now fair enough, they’ve played the best two teams in the world, but my issue is that I’d advise people to get used to it. The England test team is in terminal decline thanks to the utter charlatans running the game in this country.
As for the Ashes, look at what’s happened in the second half of this game when the pitch has flattened out. We have absolutely no idea how to win on those pitches. If they win a game in Australia I’d be stunned.
Developing test match players just isn’t something that concerns the ECB anymore I’m afraid.