Sport Selvey: England need accountability

11:52  13 january  2018
11:52  13 january  2018 Source:   Sky Sports

Bayliss to step down as England coach next year

  Bayliss to step down as England coach next year Trevor Bayliss will step down as England coach when his contract expires after the home Ashes series in 2019, the Australian said on Tuesday. Bayliss took the job in 2015, leading England to a home series win over Australia and to the 2016 World Twenty20 final, but he informed England cricket director Andrew Strauss a year ago that he was planning to step down."I told Andrew Strauss probably 12 months ago that September 2019 is when I'm contracted to and that would see me out," Bayliss said after England's 4-0 Ashes defeat in Australia."I've never been anywhere any more than four or five years.

Cricket. Pundits. Mike Selvey News. The selection process needs overhauling, though, for there seems to be a lack of accountability here. My belief remains that the coach and captain should not be involved beyond setting the strategy for the campaign and outlining the kind of squad they need .

Full name Michael Walter William Selvey . Born April 25, 1948, Chiswick, Middlesex. Current age 69 years 259 days. Major teams England , Cambridge University, Glamorgan, Middlesex, Orange Free State, Surrey. Nickname Walter.

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The triumphalist giant blue four-fingered hand that the children who clearly run the Cricket Australia marketing department deemed a suitable embellishment to the presentation podium after the final Test may have been crass but its message was unequivocal.

However much the indefatigable Jimmy Anderson, Joe Root's stand-in, tried to convince that it really hadn't felt like a disaster, and that the England team had pushed Steve Smith's side hard, the four defeats out of five matches - two by an innings, one by 10 wickets and the other by 100 runs - had been overwhelming. The drawn match on the dead-parrot pitch in Melbourne may have gone the same way had there been sufficient time.

Root returns to fitness for England's ODI opener against Australia

  Root returns to fitness for England's ODI opener against Australia Joe Root is set to be fit for the first one-day international against Australia after recovering from a viral illness. Root was hospitalised on the final morning of the Ashes in Sydney with a bad case of gastroenteritis and sat out Thursday's warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI.But the Test captain has finally shaken the bug and looks certain to reclaim his place in the top order for Sunday's Gillette Series opener at the MCG.Limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan said: "Joe is good and should be fit to play tomorrow. "He's extremely important.

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It is true that Root and his men snapped at the opposition heels a bit, dug their own in occasionally, and that their attrition meant the Australians produced a steady trickle of runs rather than a tidal flow, but the truth is that ultimately they were not in the contest.

Getty© Provided by BSkyB Getty They were comprehensively out-batted and overwhelmingly out-bowled by a team that is by no means an exceptional one. Even at their best, England would have struggled to retain the Ashes.

If there is any merit at all in Anderson's take on things it is that the aftermath of this fruitless endeavour will not see an independent report such as that produced, with its nineteen points, by the former head of the European golf tour Ken Schofield following the dreadful 2006-07 foray under Andrew Flintoff. Nor has it seen the turmoil of Alastair Cook's 2013-14 tour, with its injuries, early departures of personnel, fractured relationships and breakdown of the team culture. Some of the bile from that sours the air still.

From curator to captain for Nathan Lyon

  From curator to captain for Nathan Lyon Nathan Lyon will captain the Prime Minister's XI in a match against England in Canberra next month. In-form spinner Nathan Lyon has been named to captain the Prime Minister's XI in a Twenty20 match against England on February 2.Lyon terrorised the English batsman during the recent Ashes series, taking 21 wickets at an average of 29.23.The match will be played on Manuka Oval in Canberra, where Lyon worked as a curator before his Test career.

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There will be no coaches leaving (Trevor Bayliss, if a little presumptuously, got his retaliation in first on that score, confirming what we knew when he signed that his appointment was for a World Cup cycle only and not beyond).

a group of people posing for the camera: Getty© Provided by BSkyB Getty Instead, there has to be an acceptance that England were beaten - trounced - by a team that had been carefully constructed and maintained, brilliantly selected, and which with the exception of the catching, which touched comic proportions during the final match, played as well as it is possible to play.

England's Stokes' court date clashes with potential comeback

  England's Stokes' court date clashes with potential comeback Ben Stokes' return to international cricket was thrown into fresh doubt on Thursday when he was instructed to appear in court on the same day as his potential England comeback match in New Zealand. Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that the all-rounder is due to make for a first appearance to answer an affray charge at Bristol Magistrates' Court on Feb. 13.On the same day, England play New Zealand in a T20 in Wellington, their first game in a tri-series also involving Australia.

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Plaudits have to go to the manner in which a trio of fine, complementing pace bowlers were identified early and all resource put into ensuring their fitness for this series above all else. The forced inclusion of Jackson Bird in Melbourne, showed the lack of real depth had things gone wrong in the way that they had for some England bowlers.

Add in a world-class spinner at the top of his game and the recipe for success was there provided there were good runs on the board. And here the Australian selectors, ridiculed before the series for apparently thinking outside the box, could afford to snip two of the fingers from the ceremonial cut-out hand and hold it aloft, for the selections of the Marsh brothers once they had seen the inadequacy in the hapless Pete Handscomb and jettisoned him, and of the keeper Tim Paine, who was on the brink of retirement from the game, were inspired.

a man wearing a helmet: Getty© Provided by BSkyB Getty Batting around the incredible Smith, against a pallid England attack, they scored nine centuries to England's three, and averaged more than 50 runs per wicket around twice as many as did England. Even Usman Khawaja had joined in by the end, with Cameron Bancroft, heavy head and all, the only failure.

Jason Roy breaks England ODI score record

  Jason Roy breaks England ODI score record Jason Roy has made the highest one-day international score by an England batsman, smashing 180 against Australia at the MCG. Roy scored his 180 off 150 balls, overtaking the 171 scored by Alex Hales against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in 2016.The 27-year-old hammered five sixes and 16 fours in his record knock, as he shared in a 221-run partnership with Joe Root for England's third wicket.Look how much this means to Jason Roy!He reaches 100 against Australia

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The fallout for England thus far appears to have been minimal. As far as the forthcoming two-Test tour of New Zealand is concerned, the squad remains essentially the same, the only departures being this trip's Claude Raines impersonator (the original Invisible Man, for younger readers) Gary Ballance, Jake Ball, whose tour involved an injury and a disastrous Test, and Tom Curran, an industrious but ineffective substitute for Craig Overton.

Liam Livingstone replaces Ballance, but with the determination to prove that James Vince is a proper Test batsman knowing no bounds, he is unlikely to figure any more than his predecessor. Vince is a fortunate fellow.

That he scores runs with attractive panache is undeniable, but when a batsman is consistently dismissed in the same manner, the bowlers are telling you something but you are not listening. Give me an ugly run-scorer over an unsubstantial stylist any day.

a baseball player is getting ready to hit the ball: Getty© Provided by BSkyB Getty Mark Wood is back officially, and is said to be bowling faster again: easy to say he might have played in Australia but there had been little evidence that he was fit enough to bowl 40 overs on a desperate Melbourne pitch, or even that he had recovered his pace. And Ben Stokes' name is there, more in hope and legal requirement than anything as his case still rests with the Crown Prosecution Service.

England bowler Plunkett injured in ODI

  England bowler Plunkett injured in ODI An injury to England quick Liam Plunkett has left the tourists a bowler down in the third one-day clash with Australia. England appear to have lost bowler Liam Plunkett from the third one-day international against Australia after the quick limped from the field mid-over with an apparent leg injury.Plunkett was two balls into his second over when he stopped midway through his run up and walked straight off the ground in Australia's pursuit of 303 for victory at the SCG.

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If any of them think that Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner, whose penchant for bombing batsmen makes Pat Cummins seem like a purveyor of half volleys, will be a bit of a holiday after Australia, then they are in for a rude awakening.

This is not to say that there are not questions to be answered. One is whether home advantage has become too much of a dominant factor now given the intensity of schedules and the consequent shrinking of time available to adjust to conditions and to rectify mistakes and develop a competitive team between matches.

It has less to do with pitches: teams have always developed their players according to their environment, and with the exception of Melbourne, there was nothing untoward about the bland surfaces in this Ashes series. All five games went to the final day.

Root was hamstrung from the start. Stokes' self-inflicted absence caused the England captain more pain than he lets on, and it is not something that will readily be forgotten or forgiven whatever the legal outcome. There were the injuries to two bowlers of potential pace in Wood and Steve Finn, and to Toby Roland-Jones, a successful bowler during the summer.

The real disappointment though was, with the exception of Anderson, the lack of contribution from the senior players. Would the Marsh brothers or Khawaja have flourished as they did had Smith and Warner failed as did Root and Cook?

a man holding a fish: Getty© Provided by BSkyB Getty Moeen Ali had a disastrous series with bat and ball, although anyone who has bowled with even a hint of an injury will know how a chain reaction through the whole action can impact. He is surely an important cricketer still for England. Whether the same will be said of Stuart Broad remains to be seen. He ran in hard but the magic ingredient which characterises his great years has deserted him.

Australia get a 'bit of their own medicine' from England quick Mark Wood

  Australia get a 'bit of their own medicine' from England quick Mark Wood England batsman Jason Roy was pleased Australia tasted "a bit of their own medicine" on Sunday at the MCG after returning quick Mark Wood caused issues for the hosts in England's five wicket win in the first one-day international. While Roy's 180 from 151 balls – the highest score from and England player in ODI history and the biggest ODI score by a player at the MCG – unsurprisingly earned him man of the match honours, Wood's 1-49 from 10 overs was also impressive. Wood missed the Ashes series following injury but bowled with bounce and pace not seen from England during their 4-0 Test series loss.

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Clearly though, as far as planning for overseas tours goes, we have a domestic system that when it comes to bowling neither encourages extreme pace, nor, when you see an England debutant who cannot hold down a regular place in a middling county team, encourages spin bowling.

Batsman now catch the eye not for the time they spend at the crease but for run rate, which has become the dominant statistic. In gaining attention through a T20 innings, Dawid Malan, the single new success, has bucked this trend, but it was his temperament rather than any runs scored that brought him into Test cricket.

A problem is how we focus our resources. Inevitably after a poor result in Australia, we query the system that develops our Test cricketers (who perform well at home). But when we have an equally galling time in a World Cup, it is the development of our limited-overs cricketers that needs addressing, which presaged the appointment of Bayliss.

Can we do both? Mike Atherton is not alone in thinking that there is a case for separate head coaches and structures, although the conflicts of interest this would bring have already been manifest when it was tried once before.

A first-class season that is squeezed into either end of the season is unhelpful to pace or spin (I personally played in only three seasons where the first championship match started in April; now a quarter of the matches are done by the end of that month).

Fast bowlers, any with real speed, need to understand that it is high risk and that while injury prevention is important it is not paramount if it means sacrificing pace. But do we want to pour all resource into development for overseas tours (using the dreadful Kookaburra ball, that is actually a contributing factor to dull cricket, is one suggestion) at the risk of jeopardising England's traditional strength at home?

The selection process needs overhauling, though, for there seems to be a lack of accountability here. My belief remains that the coach and captain should not be involved beyond setting the strategy for the campaign and outlining the kind of squad they need.

The selectors then pick the players to fit the brief using all the technical, statistical and observational tools at their disposal. And the National Selector makes every decision unilaterally on all the information, advice and opinion received. He becomes fully accountable. Beyond the beaten players, no one seems to be at present.

Stokes available for England selection, set for NZ return .
Ben Stokes has been cleared to make an international return with England and is expected to feature against New Zealand next month.Stokes has not represented his country since he was arrested following a late-night incident in Bristol in September, the all-rounder missing the Ashes defeat to Australia as a result.

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