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Who Must England Drop After Their Horrendous Ashes Thrashing?

Even the most ardent and optimistic England cricket fan would have felt that victory for their side in Australia this winter was near on impossible, but the manner in which they have capitulated has gone far beyond what many would have predicted. 

Joe Root’s side has lost all three tests thus far and has been crushed in each, with every defeat being worse than the previous, and one wonders quite what will happen next once the Ashes are done and dusted and those in power take an overview on the debacle.

The fourth test is now underway, and today’s cricket prediction would no doubt once again err on the side of a big Australian win, and that’s chiefly down to the fact that Root, and coach Chris Silverwood, have opted to select the nucleus of the same team, regardless of their displays. 

A number of Root’s squad have been living on borrowed time for a few games now. Joss Buttler’s woeful record with the bat, averaging 19 in the series, should have been enough to see the wicketkeeper replaced, and the fact that he’s dropped a number of basic catches is further evidence of his lack of quality at present.

Jack Leach has been woeful with the ball, his two wickets in the Ashes series coming at an average of 118. Haseeb Hameed has looked the part but has contrived to lose his wicket time and time again, and the 24-year-old needs to up his game in quick time, or he’ll follow Rory Burns out of the starting eleven.

Indeed it’s easier to narrow down the few players who have delivered the goods that concentrate on those who have been poor.

Joe Root is the only batsman to offer resistance to the Australian side, his total of half-centuries being more than the rest of the squad combined. Dawid Malan has shown glimpses of what he is capable of and Ben Stokes likewise.

James Anderson is still capable of doing a job, even at 39 years of age, and Mark Wood’s pace has threatened the Aussie top order. It’s hard to understand why Stuart Broad hasn’t played every game in this series.

The veteran bowler has taken a five-wicket haul in the fourth test and has shown just what Root has been missing. The decision to leave Broad out of two tests isn’t one that makes a great deal of sense and looks all the more dubious given what he’s shown in Sydney.

A 5-0 thrashing is still very much on the cards, and that in itself isn’t rare; England had lost nine out of the last ten tests in Australia before this series, but it’s been the manner in which Root’s side have been so comprehensively beaten that has been so heartbreaking for fans of the team.

They’ve lost just about every session, and on the few occasions they’ve shown resistance, it’s inevitably overcome by an Australian team that is superior in just about every department. 

Many will hope that there are significant changes in the England set-up long before they face the West Indies in March. 




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