The innings and 14-run shellacking on the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday ensured England end 2021 with the unenviable report of 9 Test losses in a calendar 12 months.
Joe Root has now captained England to seven defeats out of eight Tests in Australia, and in addition performed within the dismal 5-0 whitewash within the 2013/14 collection.
Root’s skill to get the most effective out of his group is in query, with former greats saying he might have misplaced the dressing room.
“Nobody would want to give up the captaincy, but it is not about Joe — it is about getting guys to perform better,” mentioned former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott.
Root’s rallying cry within the lead-up to Melbourne appeared to fall on deaf ears, along with his batsmen routed for 68 within the second innings after managing solely 185 within the first.
In the wake of the Tuesday’s defeat, he was left to deal with media duties alone on the MCG turf whereas his gamers made a bee-line for the refuge of the dressing room.
The 30-year-old Yorkshireman should now someway strive once more to rally a squad that seems jaded.
Even paceman James Anderson, who bowled beautifully in Melbourne, spoke of the tour as a slog reasonably than a privilege.
“Look, it’s been a tough tour so far. But it always is here, it’s never simple or plain sailing, there’s always stuff going on,” Anderson mentioned after day two in Melbourne.
“I’ve got the opportunity to put an England shirt on, so I’m enjoying that.”
Former gamers and pundits have referred to as for a “red ball reset”, saying England’s directors have allowed the longest format to stagnate on the expense of one-day and T20 cricket.
But no systemic adjustments might help Root flip across the group’s flaky batting earlier than the Sydney Test begins on January 5.
None of England’s openers — Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed and Zak Crawley — have proven themselves able to dealing with Australia’s tempo with the brand new ball, which has positioned large stress on Root and the center order.
“The worry is I’m not sure who’s next in for them,” former Australia captain Mark Taylor informed the Nine Network.
With each Burns and middle-order batsman Ollie Pope dumped after Adelaide, and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler in dire kind, selectors have few bullets left to fireplace.
With the collection misplaced, they might choose to stick with Crawley and make investments extra time in Pope, or probably give eight-Test Essex batsman Dan Lawrence an opportunity.
England’s bowlers might a minimum of depart Melbourne with their heads held excessive, having restricted Australia to 267.
The steadiness of England’s assault with seamers Anderson, Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson, and a much-improved efficiency from spinner Jack Leach, proved the best of the collection to date and will see veteran Stuart Broad sidelined once more.