3 reasons for England’s Ashes failure.
England had one the worst 2017-18 Ashes tour of Australia. They lost the series 4-0 in the five-match test series. They were outclassed both in their bowling and batting department on the field as Australia dominated in home conditions. They regained the Ashes under their captain, Steve Smith who had a wonderful season with the bat too. He is the leading run-scorer of the tournament. England players couldn’t do much with new players like James Vince, Dawid Malan and Mark Stoneman in their squad. Old ways of doing things didn’t work out this time around for England, they lost matches from crucial junctures. Here are the major problems:
No match to Aussies Pace
England bowlers were no match for Australian pacers who dominated with their bowling in home conditions. Despite the experience of playing in Australian pitches, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes including James Anderson did not live up to expectation in comparison to the Australian faster bowlers Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc. Australian pacers generated a speed of above 140 km/h while England bowled mostly in the 130s in the pitches of Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, WACA and even in the Melbourne’s dropping pitch whose condition remained unaffected until the final day of gameplay. Aussies picked 87 wickets in the series as compared to 55 wickets for England in the entire series.
A lot of questions were raised about Joe Root who couldn’t do much both with the bat and as Captain. He was not able to win a single test for England in the Ashes. There were instances in the game from which the game could have turned in favor of any sides but it went into the hands of the opposition. Even the former captain, Alastair Cook didn’t seem much involved in chat’s with Joe Root after the first two tests. The captaincy load also affected his batting as he couldn’t convert his five fifties into hundreds. Experts say that this loss will the making of Joe Root as England captain.
The batting department had the biggest flops. Openers Alastair Cook (despite one inning) and Mark Stoneman did not provide a good platform for the middle-order batsmen that included inexperienced players like James Vince and Dawid Malan (scored one century). The Top 3 failed to score runs. Skipper, Joe Root was also not in good touch while the wicket-keeper batsman, Jonny Bairstow couldn’t perform much to his potential with the bat apart from a hundred. All-rounder Moeen Ali, on the other hand, failed completely as an all-rounder in the 4-0 loss humiliating defeat. England looked sort of the all-rounder, Ben Stokes throughout the Ashes. He was axed by ECB for Ashes following his fight incident in Bristol during September. Australian players scored 9 hundred but England managed just three tons in the entire series.