Former England skipper and legendary batsman Alastair Cook has revealed that he fears that the current English batsmen aren’t able to handle the pressure of Test cricket. Cook’s comment comes after England’s humiliating loss to underdogs New Zealand at their fortress Edgbaston, which also resulted in England’s first home series loss after 2014.
The hosts England were in the game for the first two days, but a batting collapse on the third day turned the tables towards New Zealand. At the end of the third day’s play, England had lost nine wickets, while their lead was just above 30. On day 4, Trent Boult took absolutely no time to take the final wicket as he dismissed Olly Stone on the very first ball and England were bundled for a mere 122.
After the match, while speaking on BBC’s Test Match Special show, Cook said that he fears the current generation of English batsmen and the way they play Test cricket. “From what I’ve seen of this batting line-up, when the pressure comes on, the intensity of Test cricket, the scrutiny of it, they can’t handle it,” he said.
“They have quirky techniques, but they’ve scored a lot of runs in county cricket and at times scored Test runs. When the pressure comes they are not handling the mental pressure that you need to do,” he added.
Joe Root also emphasizes on the ‘mental pressure part’
The part of mental pressure was also spoken of by Joe Root in the press conference, when was asked about England’s horrific batting performance. Stating that there aren’t any technical flaws, Root emphasized on the mental aspect and the way they’re failing to handle pressure.
England were already without the services of Jofra Archer (injured), Ben Stokes (injured), Jos Buttler (rested), Jonny Bairstow (rested), Moeen Ali (rested) and Sam Curran (rested). Now, their next assignment is the five-match Test series against India, which will commence on August 2 and all the rested players are expected to be back for the much-awaited series. It will be interesting to see whether England make some wholesome changes or just minor ones.