Agnew’s masterplan for English cricket after fantastic World Cup & Ashes summer

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From Jonathan Agnew
BBC cricket correspondent
I’ve been involved in cricket for 44 seasons, also I have never, as a player or commentator, experienced a summer in this way.
Than I ever have done 17, I’ve got a bigger kick from cricket this summer. It has been amazing.
England might have loved to have won the Ashes, of course, but this has been a outcome, when you take into account that which a pressurised and exhausting summer it has been.
Using a new coach England are going to need to make some conclusions about how to put money into Test cricket and make sure England prosper.
Joe Root, now he is through that summer, has got the opportunity to stamp his authority and start planning to get back those Ashes .
It seems that when a brand new coach is made, they slip in underneath the priest, and vice-versa. Root has a chance here to strike up a relationship with this new trainer and absolutely set a blueprint as to how he wants this group to perform .
That’s not how it’s been until today. They’ve been reckless; they’ve tried to attack much.
A disciplined, patient, defensive interval at a Test match isn’t old fashioned and dull – .
The excursion of New Zealand this winter is a series that is really significant.
It’s not at the World Test Championship therefore that it represents a significant chance to look at some gamers – potentially openers Dominic Sibley or even Zak Crawley – and also deliver Ollie Pope into the purchase back.
They’ll be challenged – it’ll be summer in New Zealand so that the ball will go around and they’ve seam bowlers – but England have to take the opportunity to play with the kids.
In addition, it gives an opportunity for James Anderson and also a couple more games in his development to Jofra Archer to prove his fitness for following tours to South Africa and Sri Lanka, that can be from the World Test Championship.
Root needs to work out where he would like to bat – and also how he wants his staff.
They have to find a way of putting Sam Curran into the side and it is time to start bedding from the youngsters for the Ashes series.
They have to take a look at the situation that is wicketkeeping – although it is ironic that when people start speaking about Jonny Bairstow relinquishing the gloves, he still also pulls off a nice stumping at The Oval.
He’s a keeper but with Jos Buttler at the XI can England really afford the luxury of owning two wicketkeepers who or less the identical manner? It may be that Bairstow has to compete for a batting spot using Pope at six, or three or four with Sibley or Joe Denly.
It’s a tiny bit of a luxury.
This summer, stuart Broad and that I talked at the beginning of every Test and there is no doubt he felt really quite detached from all the World Cup euphoria.
He and Anderson know the clock is ticking, and that I understand Broad has sensed a bit uncertain. We had a long conversation and I believe we agreed that, if he had been dropped in the course of the show, he wouldn’t return.
I advised it to split down by week – don’t look any farther ahead than every week. He is bowled in this show and he’s shown he can lead the attack in the absence of Anderson.
Root and England will need to manage their functioning carefully – but they have as much expertise and wouldn’t it be excellent to watch Broad, Anderson, Archer and Stokes ?
When you’ve got one coach round the formats, it’s easier – they have so many deputies and then you’ve got a structure. I believe the problem England have is bringing someone to perform it. Any good trainer could make money just carrying four or three T20 leagues.
There are 3 tours this winter – I do not believe, you should be expected to perform all three, if you are England coach. Give people more of a rest.
I was very interested to see how Trevor Bayliss would go this summer, preparing two squads to win a World Cup and also an Ashes. How can one person do it? He has had a whole lot of support and he is always the first to charge coaches and the players around him but the one individual coaching set up has worked.
It has been a summertime, with so many things that give you reason to be cheerful.
People are currently talking about cricket and the problem now is the way you now maintain this interest. And that has to be about making it as widely accessible as it could possibly be.
It is everyone’s responsibility – broadcasters, writers, whoever they are – to get it out there. Folks can be somewhat fearful of this, since it’s a sport that is very technical, but when you boil it down, it is just who can score more runs. They make it, when folks experience it.
Do we actually’want’ another tournament? The solution is no. Is Your Hundred going to serve a function? Hopefully.
It is not about bringing a new audience; it’s about connecting with all the cricket lovers that are out there but do not come and watch mainstream cricket. They were seen by us in the World Cup – they are on the market!
I am always quite protective of Test cricket as well as everything that’s really fantastic about it was shown by also the Headingley Ashes Test. It was something.
I adore the individual personalities that cricket produces and, over most sports, even the characters.
We have an extremely big hero in Stokes but also a very unlikely one in Jack Leach, who gets cheered each time he’s out to bat following his dogged performance in the opposite end while Stokes was clattering his match-winning century.”
It is lovely. It’s something cricket supplies that I don’t think other sports do. Folks connect with this – so let’s adopt it.
I want as much attention and power to enter Championship cricket driven us to a World Cup triumph and since has gone into cricket.
I have always been against two branches in the Championship.
It means that if you can find good players signed – for instance, when Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne arrived to perform for Hampshire and Worcestershire – half our players play against them.
I believe because the standard only isn’t good enough players in the second division are unselectable for Test cricket. County members can shout at me all they like, but we find the signs when they get picked for England.
Inevitably, any fantastic player will play and go to get a first division clubsince they know they will not get picked in the second branch, and that then creates a further imbalance.
If we are looking to go and we’ve got these centralised teams, it could be that we have to build a structure around that.
Maybe we do have 12 teams, that can be really closely located. You have one division, everyone plays with each other and you have players.
That would be but it will never happen!
Jonathan Agnew was talking to BBC Sport’s Amy Lofthouse.

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