Ben Stokes is the supposed name. However, a few days ago, the all-rounder took an indefinite break due to mental health problems. There is also the matter of fitness as he has played in all three editions for England. He has been suffering from finger injuries for a long time and is currently suffering from knee injuries outside the field. If not Stokes, who will be Joe Root’s successor as England captain? Stuart Broad dropped after the Ashes? Joss Butler dropped out after the Ashes? Rory Burns, a successful captain in the county, dropped out after the Ashes? James Vince, another successful county cricket captain who last played Test cricket in 2016?
Johnny Bearstore is fairly certain of a place on the team without Stokes. However, he was never seen as a captain. Of course, England can think of Moin Ali. However, in that case, the ‘condition’ is to break the leisure and bring this all-rounder back.
The above questions give some clues as to how turbulent times are for England cricket. But England are not just captains of the Test team, they need to find someone suitable for a few more positions at the top. The head coach, the managing director of boys’ cricket, the deposed chief selector none of the list lags behind in terms of importance.
Only Tom Harrison, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), paid tribute to Root in his resignation statement. Usually in these cases there are also statements of managing director, head coach. However, for the time being there is no one in these positions permanently!
Former spinner Ashley Giles has been removed from the post of managing director following the Ashes collapse. Andrew Strauss has been given interim responsibility. It was during Strauss’s time that England started a white ball revolution. However, after the death of his cancer-stricken wife, Strauss’s focus on giving time to the family has naturally increased, so he will not be on full-time duty, he said earlier.
The names of Surrey cricket director Alec Stewart, former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson and former chief selector Ed Smith were discussed as possible for the post. However, none of them were interested in the end. Marcus North, the running cricket director of Durham and former Australian cricketer, is also not running for the post due to family reasons. According to a report in the Telegraph, the next cricket director of the ECB is former key Kent captain and current commentator Rob Key. An official announcement may come in a couple of weeks.
Ultimately, one of the tasks of a responsible person is to select someone as the head coach. Chris Silverwood was cut after the Ashes. Former captain Paul Collingwood, who has been the assistant coach for some time, took charge of the latest tour of the West Indies. The name of Justin Langer, who resigned from the post of Australian coach, is possible in this post. Last month, the late legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne was reportedly interested. In the end, England could choose two different coaches for the limited overs and long version.
There has been no recognized chief selector for England since Ed Smith was sacked. Selector James Taylor, the head coach with the captain was the structure of the selection panel. However, they have also noticed the absence of a recognized chief selector from time to time.
All in all, the state of England cricket is dire. Crowded schedules, however, will not leave them behind. For now, their summer season will begin next June, with the Lord’s Test against New Zealand. They are scheduled to play a total of seven Tests this season, including one against South Africa and India after New Zealand. Then they have a tour of Pakistan and New Zealand in the winter, where there will be five more Tests.
Apart from this, there is the pressure of limited overs cricket. Cricketers playing in multiple editions have to be busy with several series. There is another T20 World Cup this year. Eoin Morgan’s form is not an advantage, but he is not ready to leave like Root. For now, England have confidence in Morgan in limited overs.
But in the state of England cricket, when Morgan leaves, where is the time for them to think about his possible successor!