Jimmy Anderson wants English cricket to row again in its aggressive push towards cue ball formats in recent years and has insisted that it is now up to the older players to raise a test team that is currently flat after their humiliation of Ashes. .
A journey that began with Anderson believing that his final tour of Australia could replace memories of the 4-0 defeat in 2017-18 has moved into a zombified state, with England 3-0 down and the remaining two Tests in Sydney and Hobart now a case of playing for World Test Championship pride and points.
Chris Silverwood, a head coach few hope to stay in his place after a tour full of mistakes, will miss the first one as he isolates himself after a positive Covid case among his family. Three members of his support staff, Jon Lewis (sewing bowling), Jeetan Patel (spin) and Darren Veness (fitness), also have the virus.
In addition to causing a lack of slingers in the networks, an outbreak that has also caused the infection of three family members represents the latest headache for a team that is going 3-0. That has sparked an eruption of opinion about the priorities of English cricket.
Speaking in practice Thursday, Anderson initially emphasized the need for minds within camp not to dwell on the larger issues with two Trials remaining, only for the 39-year-old to decide he wants to get something off his chest.
“What I’m going to say is that I think there has been a lot of momentum with white ball cricket since the 2015 World Cup,” Anderson said. “So I would like to think that maybe [a better] the balance between red and white ball cricket is there, in the future. At the moment, he leans slightly towards the cue ball. And it has been for the past few years.
“If you look at our performances in test cricket over the past few years, they have been quite inconsistent. So from that point of view, we hope we can correct that balance a little bit. “
When asked if the level of county championship cricket has dropped during his 20-year professional career, Anderson responded: “I think there is a little more cricket now. There are more competitions to think about. I think the only thing for me is that potentially the grounds are not as good as they used to be. Now you see a lot more scores pitches in county cricket. So maybe with the bigger picture, that’s something we can think about going forward. “
One would expect the words of England’s record test wicket taker – now with 639 casualties after a flawless four of 33 at MCG that resulted in vain – to resonate higher up the England and Wales cricket board. Also those of captain Joe Root, who called for a “restart” in red ball cricket after the loss.
However, the leadership of the governing body is currently changing as headhunters have been dispatched to fill the currently vacant position of chairman and chief executive officer at Tom Harrison, who has presided for the past five years and is likely to retire afterward. from the end of the financial year when a £ 2.1 million bonus jackpot expires and is shared by senior executives.
Next summer’s national schedule is currently being crafted and a third round of the County Championship may happen in mid-summer after last season’s shemozzle. But with the Hundreds in place, and without the competition in men’s cricket, first-class cricket will continue to receive second-rate treatment.
The new leadership at the top cannot come fast enough, though Root is likely to remain as captain of the test team for now due to few alternatives. “Everybody thinks highly of him,” Anderson said. “Not just as a guy, but as a cricketer and as a captain. So yeah, let’s hope it continues.
“We are aware that we have a lot of support around the world, people get up in the middle of the night to watch and we are devastated that we are not performing for these people and we are giving them what they want to see. “
When asked about the motivation now, Anderson added: “The guys are pretty flat right now if I’m brutally honest. It can be difficult, especially for guys experiencing ashes for the first time. That’s where the most veteran players come in. We have to go back, make sure everyone is in a good place and with a good margin of maneuver to compete.
“I know I said it last time, but I would be very surprised if I were here four years from now. Obviously I did not want [the 4-0 defeat in 2017-18] to be my last memory of Australia so I came back here and this will be it. We just haven’t been to the races. Now we have two games to do something about it. “