Time for England to Rebuild

England’s World Cup campaign is finally over.

A comprehensive nine wicket win over Afghanistan helped the team to avoid complete embarrassment but there is no getting away from the fact that this World Cup has been a disaster for Peter Moores’ team. England’s only other victory in their six Pool A games came against Scotland.

Tough Choices

Time for England to Rebuild With this World Cup still in full flow it seems odd to start talking about the next tournament already. The size of the task facing the England team and management, however, requires them to start making tough decisions, and quickly. First the selectors must decide whether or not to stick with Eoin Morgan as captain. The Middlesex man, who took over from Alistair Cook when his place in the team was called into question, is now under severe pressure himself, just four months after being appointed. The pressure of the captaincy has clearly got to the 28-year-old and his own form with the bat has suffered. He scored just 90 runs in his five innings.

Time for England to Rebuild

Younger Blood

The selectors should be bold and make a decision to move away from Morgan. His captaincy alone is not enough to warrant a place in the starting XI. In order to build for the next World Cup and to ensure that England are amongst the favourites when bookmakers such as betfair begin compiling their odds, it would be good to give the role of captain to one of the younger members of the World Cup party. If possible, one who has come out of this tournament with a smidgeon of credit. It is Time for England to Rebuild.

Time for England to Rebuild


Root or Buttler?

There are two standout candidates. The first is Yorkshire’s Joe Root. Root scored 121 against Sri Lanka and was one of the few England batsmen who looked as though they were up for the fight. Root is a huge talent and, at just 24 years of age, he should certainly still be in and around the squad in 2019. The other possible option for is Jos Buttler. The 24-year-old was named vice-captain ahead of the tournament and he took that role to heart when scoring 65 to almost spare England’s blushes against Bangladesh. For some it may be too much responsibility to hand the captaincy to the young wicket-keeper, and it may stifle his adventurous stroke play. But he is exactly the kind of player England need to encourage. It is Time for England to Rebuild By making Root or Buttler captain, England could show genuine intent to change and to rebuild their reputation.