England’s disappointing performance in the Cricket World Cup has understandably aroused a lot of criticism. It is worth looking into a bit more carefully. When FLS hosted a workshop on ‘Staying at the top’, attended by the likes of Peter Moores, Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss, from cricket, it was agreed that organizational culture is important if any team is going to have sustained success. A world leading team is not likely if the organisation in which it sits is not also world-leading.
Is there not just too much cricket for our top players? James Anderson looks jaded. Consider what is in store. So far, in 2015, England have had 15 one day matches in the 50 over format. In early April, they will have 2 two day games and three five day tests in the West Indies. Leading straight into a one-day International v Ireland, and then 2 tests, 5 one day matches and one 20-20 game v New Zealand. All this is before the Australians arrive for five test matches and 5 one day games.
Does all of this appear to be the best way to encourage our best players to perform at their best? Not in my view. What do you think?