The England Test cricket team is having a really hard time right now. The England Test cricket team captain Joe Root had said last year that the team was aiming to clean sweep the New Zealand cricket team and the Indian cricket team at home to prepare in the best way possible for the Ashes. However, nothing happened as per his prediction.
The England cricket team first lost their home series to the New Zealand cricket team. After that, the Indian cricket team played four Test matches against the England cricket team in the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23. The visitors returned with a series lead of 2-1.
After that, the England cricket team reached Australia to take on the Australian cricket team in a 5-match Ashes series. This series was also a part of the new ICC World Test Championship cycle. While fans expected a close battle between the two arch-rivals, the Australian cricket team pulled off a 4-0 clean sweep to retain the Ashes urn.
The England cricket team did not even seem like proper competitors to the Australian cricket team. They lost four of the five matches. One of the matches ended in a draw. That match could also have ended in the Australian cricket team’s favor because rain played spoilsport on Day 1. England cricket team only had one wicket remaining as they escaped with a draw.
I have a huge amount of sympathy for Joe Root: Stuart Broad
Reacting to the lack of consistency in playing XI and coaching staff, veteran England cricket team fast bowler Stuart Broad wrote in his column for The Daily Mail:
“It’s been incredibly tough for both Joe Root and Chris Silverwood to get any consistency in playing XIs or in the coaching staff. I have a huge amount of sympathy for both of them. In my lifetime, I cannot recall a more difficult two years for anyone to have been captain or coach.”