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India and England: The two teams who seriously need to rebuild now

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The Indian and English Test teams were both engaged in two separate series in the southern hemisphere on two separate continents.

While India was battling it out with the Proteas, England was locking horns with Australia in the Ashes Down Under.

Both of these teams were once dominating world cricket some time back.

India and England: The two teams who seriously need to rebuild now, Six Sports
India and England: The two teams who seriously need to rebuild now, Six Sports

But now both of them are suffering from major crises that require a reshuffling of the teams.

There are alternatives available for India after Kohli has stepped down as captain, but that luxury is not available to Joe Root as there are no capable players who could replace him as captain.

England was completely ravaged by Australia in the Ashes and they didn’t even try to put up a strong defense.

India and England: The two teams who seriously need to rebuild now, Six Sports

India meanwhile was being more favored in the Test series against an under-experienced South Africa side and was expected to vanquish their final hurdle after having won overseas against England and Australia.

India and England: The two teams who seriously need to rebuild now, Six Sports

India even won the Centurion Test but could not keep that momentum in the next two matches and suffered horrible defeats.

India and England: The two teams who seriously need to rebuild now, Six Sports

On the other side, in the Ashes, England was completely decimated by the Aussies as they were wrapped up in just two and a half days in the Boxing Day Test at MCG.

India and England: The two teams who seriously need to rebuild now, Six Sports

After the passing away of Ray Illingworth due to cancer, England was seen wearing black armbands in his memory.

India and England: The two teams who seriously need to rebuild now, Six Sports

Awfully Shameful

But England got a double blow that day. Not only did they lose their 70s Ashes-winning captain, but they were also simultaneously trolled by Queensland Police after their horrific loss.

The Ashes was so planned and panned out that it was predicted beforehand that England would lose the first two Ashes Tests and then would bounce back in the Boxing Day Test match.

But, it was not to be so. The Boxing Day Test blew the wind out of the sails for England. The first Test was played at the Gabba while the second Test was played at Adelaide. The second Test was a pink-ball Test in which Australia has won all nine of their games.

While India was riding comfortably on the back of KL Rahul‘s century in the first Test, England was tottering at 13/2 and then were bundled up at 185.

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England’s game went from bad to worse in the second innings as they were 7/2 and then were 68 all out and Australia got the perfect revenge of their situation of a few years ago when they were bowled out for a mere 60 runs by Stuart Broad.

India and England: The two teams who seriously need to rebuild now, Six Sports

Worse and Worse

On the other side, in the Centurion Test, the Indian batsmen batted with a lot of grit and determination. But, after this, a storm was in store for the Indian team in the next two Tests.

The opening order has always been able to keep India afloat in Tests. But when openers fail to fire, the middle-order gets exposed and crumbles away quickly under the pressure.

Both England and India would’ve liked their former and current batsmen to ramp up centuries for them. For the English, they would’ve wanted their former captain and player Alaistair Cook, while for India it had to be Virat Kohli.

But, Kohli has not been able to score a century since 2019 and his last highest score of 79 is all he could muster in the South Africa tour.

India and England: The two teams who seriously need to rebuild now, Six Sports

And after he showed his frustration by speaking something on the stump mic, it became inevitable and as a result, Kohli had to descend from Test captaincy.

And India’s middle-order batsmen have flopped match after match. This is utterly shameful and it is now high time that new faces form the core of the middle-order.

The Indian team can learn a lot from South Africa who, even though were a far inexperienced Test side in the series with only one or two names to show as experienced in their roster, batted with a lot more patience and kept their basics clear in their head.

India and England: The two teams who seriously need to rebuild now, Six Sports

South Africa: A Shining Example

South Africa batted calmly and with a lot more self-belief and they chased down all the four innings targets posted by India easily.

While India struggled on their tracks, South Africa were seen batting with ease on those very same tracks.

England, on the other hand, was trying to bring themselves back in the final Ashes Test so as to salvage something out for themselves in the series.

India and England: The two teams who seriously need to rebuild now, Six Sports

But it was not to be as England were again going towards a batting collapse when they lost 2 wickets at 82 runs. They needed 271 runs to win after Mark Wood’s excellent performance with the ball. After the two wickets, England could manage to make only 42 runs as they lost the final Test match as well.

Change is in the air

So, now is the time to take action for both India and England. They need new faces who will form the batting lineups for both the teams and will continue to carry on the legacy of their predecessors.

India and England: The two teams who seriously need to rebuild now, Six Sports
India and England: The two teams who seriously need to rebuild now, Six Sports

India is luckily very secure in this respect. They have a new captain Rohit Sharma and a strong bench strength as well. But will England be able to keep themselves afloat in Test cricket or will they adopt the approach of the West Indies?

Will England only show their strength in white-ball cricket moving forward?

Time will be judged by that.

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