The Ashes 2013-14 December 31, 2013

England's attitude negative

ESPNcricinfo staff

Analysing England's Ashes meltdown, Glenn McGrath in the Guardian writes that England have forgotten how to capitalise on opportunities. The MCG defeat was symptomatic of the way the whole Test series has gone for England. Blaming players may not be enough, for the coach Andy Flower too is culpable.

A coach these days is more of a manager than a coach. At this level, you shouldn't really need a coach. You need someone to organise, to come up with gameplans and tactics, rather than someone who is going to do much actual coaching. The way England have gone about their business on the field in these Tests has been a little bit negative. That stems from the captain but also the coach - in England's approach there has been a little bit of Cook and a little bit of Flower.

Michael Vaughan, in the Telegraph writes that England's attritional brand of cricket, which may have worked in the subcontinent, is not working against sides like Australia. Too many of the tactics and strategies are being delivered to them by an analyst sat at a computer given the lack of 'cricket thought' out in the middle.

There are questions about basic cricket issues that we should not be asking of an England captain or team. Stuart Broad bowled two overs on the final morning at the MCG, found the edge but did not bowl again until 12.15pm - an hour and 35 minutes later. It was ridiculous. One bowler who can create a bit of panic, and bowl spells that win Test matches, was not used. By the time he came on to bowl his second spell the game had gone. The same for Monty Panesar. So many people have questions to answer.

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