England show how to self combust in one tour of Australia

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The last few months have seen an amazing turn of events for the England cricket team. The media had built up the side to levels that they probably were not. Statements were branded about by former pundits without really looking at the facts. This included things such as Botham stating over a long period of time that Prior was the best wicket keeper batsman in world cricket. One tour has seen the heart of the side ripped apart. This shows the media were wrong in their assessment of the side, they are both mentally weak and lack any real quality to win under pressure.

1. Kevin Pietersen:

It is clear he has been made the scapegoat for the poor series. All this despite being England’s leading scorer in the series. I am very sure that his axing from the side is to take pressure off captain Alistair Cook. The selectors took the easy root in announcing that they wanted to rebuild the side with younger players. It is hard to argue their point. If KP has been dropped why hasn’t Bell, Cook or Prior been dropped in the same way?

2. Andy Flower:

Before the series many people in England stated that he was the best coach in international cricket. This title seemed very odd to me because he has not achieved half the things that either Gary Kirsten or Duncan Fletcher has. He was a good coach who had his own ways, in some senses he seemed ideal for England. Yet again one bad series and he has left his post.

3. Swann/Prior/Trott and Anderson:

For so many years these players have been the backbone of English cricket. Before the series started these were all players who were considered by the English media as the best in their positions. They all did not perform, it is just more evidence that the media over hyped all these players. Prior was dropped, Swann retired in an undignified, Trott has his deamons and the old Jimmy Anderson returned.

Once again English cricket has shown its self to be a shambles. There is no coach, the best batsman has been forced out the side, the leading spinner and wicket keeper have retired or been dropped respectively. Whats more odd is that they took the KP decision without even asking a potential candidate to replace Flower. The shambles with the ECJ makes them the laughing stock of world cricket.

IPL 2014: Delhi Daredevils axe their whole squad

IPL 2014 Delhi Daredevils

The big news from the Delhi Daredevils today was that they will not be retaining any player from their IPL 6 side. This news is a little surprising because they have some of the worlds best players in their squad. The axing of these players could backfire, as they could perform for any other side. World stars such as Sehwag, Pietersen, Warner, Morkel and Jayawardene will all be up for auction, as long as they want to be apart of the upcoming tournament. This decision probably will end the concept of the Galactico’s (famously used by Real Madrid).

Topping the group stage two seasons ago, the Delhi fans had very high expectations for last season. The lacklustre performances have forced Delhi’s hand. It is unsure if they will bother to bid for any of their players in the auction, but these will all now be on the open market.

If I were in charge of the franchise I personally would have unleashed some of the younger players complimenting David Warner, Mourne Morkel, Johan Botha and Kevin Pietersen as the foreign players. These are players who will instantly be snapped up by any side in the IPL. Morkel has been one of the leading bowlers in the IPl, over the last few years. He is up there with Malinga and Narine. Youngsters such as Manpreet Junaja and Unmakt Chand deserve another chance with the franchise.

The success of Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings can be attributed directly to having a very settled side. Once Delhi get in their players this auction they should look to retain as many of these for the future. It will be very interesting to see what players the franchise wish to pursue at the auction, I predict that they will go for players such as Yuvraj Singh, Steve Smith and George Bailey.