I wouldn't be surprised if there were to be changes within the England set-up and a change in the head coach. By all accounts the mood in the camp is good and the players are training well. That’s great, but at the end of the day it’s about results and it has been a poor winter.
Looking from afar at the England team, it doesn’t feel quite right at the minute, in terms of the way the side are playing their cricket, some of the decisions being made and some of the players that are playing.
There have been some pretty bad calls and the management has to be looked at. Peter Moores is in charge of all that and therefore has to take the fire. For me, he wouldn’t be the man to lead England.
If the wrong decisions are consistently being made then the people in charge have to take the blame. The embarrassing World Cup was the main issue, which was followed by the drawn Test series against the West Indies.
There is pressure on Peter, especially with matters being ramped up by incoming England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves promising an inquiry should England fail to beat what he described as mediocre opposition in the Caribbean.
And with talk of former England captain Andrew Strauss being appointed to the newly-created role of director of cricket as early as tomorrow, as well as other tweaks at the ECB, I can certainly see some changes coming.
Batsman Jonathan Trott retired from international cricket earlier this week. Jonathan was a rock for England throughout a successful period and made some big runs in some big series.
He was called-up to the Test set-up late, at the age of 28, and had an unbelievably good start in the 2009 Ashes and proved to be exactly what England needed. He also made useful contributions in one-day cricket and fulfilled the role he was given.
Trotty had a really tough time with his stress-related illness and has done well to get over his problems and surpass the 50-Test mark last month against the West Indies in Antigua.
His return didn’t work out the way he would have wanted and he’s probably not quite cut out for international cricket any more, but fair play to him for giving it a go and for being honest with himself also.
I would presume the uncapped Adam Lyth, who went on tour to the Caribbean, will line-up alongside captain Alastair Cook at the top of the order in the two-Test series against New Zealand, which starts on 21 May at Lord’s
He hasn’t played a lot of cricket in recent months after carrying the drinks for England, so he was always going to be allowed to play a game for Yorkshire between now and the series starting.
Hopefully Adam can hit form before facing New Zealand and then find his feet quickly in international cricket, make a big score and cement his place in the team before the Ashes, so England are not facing Australia with an untried opener.
My final word on the West Indies tour will be on skipper Cook. He certainly looks more comfortable at the crease and it was good for him to get that elusive hundred, the first in 36 Test innings, which will lift a huge weight from his shoulders.
Tactically he seems to be doing a few different things as well and finding his feet more. He doesn’t look to be sticking to bog-standard tactics and he’s coming across more confident and less defensive.
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