The painful tour of Australia is finally over for England. They lost the final T20 match too by a huge margin.
England played a total of 13 international games on the tour out of which they lost 12. These numbers are enough to suggest how much humiliation the Poms suffered during their time down under.
When they had taken the flight to Australia, they would have been expecting themselves to bring all the three trophies home, but, right from the time the first ball got delivered in that Brisbane test match, nothing went right for them.
They didn’t only get defeated, they got annihilated. Apart from the defeat in the second one day international in which they pushed the Aussies to the limits, every other defeat was huge. You could have had massive cricket betting odds at William Hill if you’d bet on such a series of disasters.
Everything that could have gone wrong with English cricket on the tour went wrong. A couple of senior players left the tour in between, the captain took a hammering from everywhere for his defensive mindset, the best batsman of the team got out playing reckless shots, the best bowler kept struggling for wickets right through, the regular wicketkeeper got dropped, the news of the disputes in the camp came through.
Now, at this point of time, nobody knows who would be skippering the England side in the next test and ODI series. Although, Alastair Cook hasn’t hinted at all that he is in a mood to resign but, it’s also a bitter truth that England doesn’t seem to be going towards the right direction under him.
But, the problem for England at the moment is that there are not too many suitable candidates for captaincy other than Cook. It’s hard to imagine them going back to Kevin Pietersen who is considered as one of the most unpopular characters in the dressing room.