The English tour of West Indies looks set to end in familiar disappointment after an abject day three performance in Granada left them on the edge of the cliff.
With the teams locked at 0-0 after drawless Tests in Antigua and Barbados, the Tourists crumbled under the pressure at the crucial moment of a close series.
After England’s flimsy stick proved too fragile to cope with the glare of the Ashes, there had been signs of improvement on the friendlier Caribbean grounds. But old problems came back to haunt the tourists as they responded to a 93 first-inning deficit by falling in a heap.
At the stumps, they were 103 for eight, counting on Chris Woakes, Jack Leach and Saqib Mahmood to pull off a miracle.
Root faces a fight
Joe Root held at the England captain after the Ashes’ 4-0 humiliation this winter, insisting he was the right man to lead the team forward and presenting himself as the long-term solution. But with head coach Chris Silverwood, right arm Graham Thorpe and cricket manager Ashley Giles all lost their jobs after the struggles Down Under, Root is the most obvious target for any cool heat. He will now have to make his point once again, with the team, the general public and, more pertinently, with the new head coach.
England’s infamous five
Root’s side are set to become the first English side to go on a five-game losing streak. Things have been sliding ever since they picked up a creditable away win in Sri Lanka at the start of 2021 and, with reigning world champions New Zealand, things are not about to go down. become easier.
- India 3 England 1
- England 0 New Zealand 1
- England 1 India 2 (with one to play)
- Australia 4 England 0
View from the dressing room
England Batting Coach Marcus Trescothick struggled to defend his team’s work late in the game. He attempted to frame Saturday’s events as an aberration in an otherwise positive journey, but it all felt like a scramble for the table given how the West Indies stood up when it mattered most.
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