I’ve stated before that I can take getting beat by a better side, but this was effectively India’s reserves that have just thrashed us. We couldn’t bat, couldn’t bowl and most worryingly for this English side, couldn’t field. We actually got out fielded by India. How the hell can that be the case?
All in all this was a pathetic showing by England. The fact that Andy Flower said it was his worst result since the 51 all out in his first test in charge said it all, I hope this means that the relevant changes will now happen.
I’d also like to add that I thought MS Dhoni was outstanding and he almost single handed battered England into submission at times during this series, his batting was exceptional.
It’s hard to make a case for anyone to be regarded as a winner on such a disastrous tour, but here is my list of the winners and losers from the tour.
Alastair Cook – LOSER – His team fell apart around him and his batting was average. I thought he was very positive at times with some of his attacking fields, at a time when he could have been over cautious due to him being new to the job. Ultimately his team descended into a shambles and he has to take responsibility.
Craig Kieswetter – LOSER – And a big loser at that, his place in the team must now be in serious doubt. With the bat he got out too easily at times and his keeping was shambolic.
Jonathan Trott – WINNER – England’s ODI run machine continued his good form with the top average of 50.50, highest score of 98 not out and was also top run scorer with 202 runs. Strike rate of 79.84, for which he gets criticised. When we have 6 batsmen that can all score more runs than he does at a faster rate, then drop him. Working on that criteria, I think he will be in the team for quite some time.
Kevin Pietersen – WINNER – I heard Derek Pringle say on TMS during the first game that if KP failed on this tour, his days in the team would be over. After what happened to the rest of the batsmen, Pietersen is a certainty to retain his place now.
Ravi Bopara – (BIG) LOSER – Ravi’s time must surely have come to an end now. Did ok in England at back end of summer, but has gone back to his old ways on this tour and still doesn’t convince at this level. Time to move on I’m afraid.
Jonny Bairstow – LOSER – I’m loathed to criticise the lad as he is a young player who is trying to find his way. If he learns from this harsh lesson, then good. How he responds to this will go some way to telling us if he is going to have a future at this level.
Ian Bell – WINNER – But only by default. Without hardly hitting a ball, Bell’s stock must surely have risen due to the inadequacies of the majority of the rest of the batsmen.
Samit Patel – WINNER – I heard him criticised by John Etheridge of the Sun during the lunch break of the 5th match, I couldn’t understand it. Unless Etheridge knows something I don’t from behind the scenes, then I can’t agree with him. Made an impressive 70 in the 3rd game and out bowled Graeme Swann (which wasn’t difficult on this tour).
Tim Bresnan – LOSER- Made just the one notable knock with the bat and wasn’t anything like his best with the ball.
Graeme Swann – LOSER – Looked all over the place in the field and his bowling wasn’t great. Too be honest he hasn’t looked at his best for a few months now, but due to the success of the seam attack in the summer, I believe it went a bit unnoticed.
Jade Dernbach – LOSER – Didn’t help himself with some erratic bowling performances. Seemed to struggle with the conditions (nothing out of the ordinary with rest of team), could be struggling to regain his place now. I still think England should persist with him though, he offers such variation when he gets it right.
Stuart Meaker – WINNER – Didn’t do anything spectacular, but looked handy when he came into the side and can only have enhanced his reputation.
Steven Finn – (MASSIVE) WINNER – Probably the man who gained the most on this tour, he bowled well in just about every game and will be hard to dislodge from this side now when Anderson and Broad come back (assuming the selectors are going to pick Jimmy again, rested my arse).