Ryan Sidebottom do not believe IPL is the cause of England’s dismal performance in Tests

Mickey Arthur recently blamed IPL for the downward spiral in England’s test performance and said that players need to be stopped and be more available for the county series. Now England’s former pacer, Ryan Sidebottom has laid out his opinion and he believes that IPL is one of the best leagues in the world and that England’s best players need to participate in it.

It’s just not down to the players participating in IPL. Indian players do well in Test cricket. So, that’s Mickey Arthur’s opinion. I personally love seeing England players in IPL. It’s a great experience, huge exposure and you are playing in arguably the best tournament in the world in terms of cricket. So, IPL is wonderful and you would want your best England players participating in the tournament

Sidebottom said in conversation with Crictracker

Upon Silverwood’s appointment back in 2019, England had set their sight on displaying a spirited performance in the Ashes in down under. The team started with a bang with a win over the sub-standard Sri Lankan team in 2021. They also won the first test match against India but then England showed why they are unsuccessful in the subcontinent. Being unable to pick up the arm ball with the spinning ball caused plenty of LBWs in that Indian tour and the side eventually lost the series by 3 -1.

The spiral then went downward only and England came close to losing the test series against India (the final match to be played this year) and the recent Ashes humiliation caused a furor in the English cricket community.

Critics blamed the poor county pitches and even the preference of white-ball formats for England for their dismal performance in the tests. The likes of Silverwood, Ashley Giles, and Graham Thorpe were sacked and the team is now on the lookout for a new coach.

When asked about the coach who England is going to rope in, Sidebottom believes that there are many ideal candidates who will help the English side. Few former cricketers from Australia and England have even gone on to suggest Justin Langer as the perfect fit after he has been rejected even after leading the team to victories in the marquee tournament.

I feel this should go down to the overseas root. They might have (separate) coaches for Test and white-ball cricket. Someone like Gary Kirsten, Jason Gillespie, Michael Di Venuto, there are many names who can be ideal to take England cricket forward.

Sidebottom said when asked about England’s next coach

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