With plenty of expectations, England arrived on the shores of Australia. However, the best they could manage was a draw in the fourth test match at Sydney, which they were on the verge of losing too had it not for James Anderson’s survival of last over of Steve Smith. England survived the match with just one wicket.
Criticism was expected from all corners of England. Many opined for the removal of Silverwood and Root from their roles, while the others emphasized bringing Ricky pointing in the coaching role.
England had a nightmare test performance in 2021. They lost to India in India by 3 – 1 and are trailing behind 2 -1 in the ongoing series against India in their backyard. After the Ashes humiliation, Joe Root said that more emphasis on white-ball cricket has played some part in the downward spiral of test performance. But the ODI captain Eoin Morgan believes that the Test format has always remained the priority.
Speaking to TalkSport, Morgan said “People that use that as an excuse don’t watch cricket….. and that it is laughable to point the finger at the Hundred. The Hundred is an unbelievable success.”
Morgan also said that during most of his ODI career, Test Cricket remained the priority.
‘For the majority of my career, white-ball cricket was an afterthought – 95 per cent of the time was spent around planning and prep for Test match cricket and then when we got to a World Cup, it was like, ‘Well, if we do well, great, but if we don’t, it’s fine’. said Morgan
England is due to take on West Indies in the T20 series that will start on the 22nd of January. The side will also compete in the 3 match test series which will start in March.