BOYCOTT | Alastair Cook is kidding himself

Joined: 28 Apr 2016, 12:45

14 Dec 2016, 15:12 #11

it just shows that giving Bayliss the job was the wrong decision it should have gone to Jason he has just had four years on the county circuit and has seen a lot of players young and old i bet when a player gets himself out to a poor shot nothing is said but you can bet if boycott was in charge he would get a right telling off the problem is when the team play bad they go into their shell but if they win you can't shut them up and they are the best team in the world that is with egos .
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Joined: 02 Apr 2014, 09:31

14 Dec 2016, 15:20 #12

"it just shows that giving Bayliss the job was the wrong decision"

Sorry Peter, can you clarify what you mean by "it" in this please?
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Joined: 11 Apr 2014, 14:11

14 Dec 2016, 15:42 #13

Think Bayliss has been good in some aspects of being England coach and found wanting in others. His lack of knowledge of county players is obviously a drawback but cant see how this can be overcome quickly with the international schedule at the moment.
Think it may be better in future to have an England Test Match coach and a Limited Overs England coach.

Think for the best that Jason Gillespie was not appointed England coach with the issues that came up with his family while at Yorkshire.
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Joined: 07 Aug 2014, 16:58

14 Dec 2016, 17:00 #14

I see Geoffrey can still start an argument in Yorkshire! It's about all he's good for, mind. High time TMS pulled the plug on him.
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Joined: 25 Jun 2015, 19:41

14 Dec 2016, 20:40 #15

Pick the wrong team, you might lose the Test Match, pick the wrong squad you will lose a long series. I think the last team was the best they could have done with the boys in India.
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Joined: 04 Jun 2015, 18:32

14 Dec 2016, 21:00 #16

I love how Boycott gives his forthright view which is bang on the money for all to see and some people start to tell him he is starting arguments and should be pensioned off by the media.

Do some of you think Cook is a tactical genius, that we have the right squad there and that we are on a par with India and just been a tad unlucky?

If all you can do is use social media to slate people whose views are 100% accurate then perhaps look in the mirror to see who should stop posting and writing cricketing views.

Cook has never been a great leader but in the absence of any others he took on the role and a strong team has masked his lack of tactical nous. The selectors of the squad have had a couple of chances to get it right and failed both times. Finn, Ball, Ballance Duckett and Dawson should be nowhere near India at the moment. Jennings, Leach, Rayner and Roland Jones along with Stoneman should have been selected.

And the batting order and bowling tactics have left a lot to be desired. I don't care if Bayliss is busy but he has to find time to watch county cricket. The last game of the CC season at Lords could have told him Ballance wasn't in form in no time at all. There were no England games as we know from Root and Bairstow not being available. And it was the top two in the table at the time in the shop window.

Geoff might not say it as you like but the message is spot on
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Joined: 07 Aug 2014, 16:58

14 Dec 2016, 21:15 #17

I don't think Cook is a tactical genius, nor do I worship at the altar of Geoffrey. I am however entitled to post my opinion on this forum without the need to take a look in the mirror.
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Joined: 28 Dec 2003, 02:48

15 Dec 2016, 03:31 #18

Sir Geoff isn't always right but his batting average is pretty high. He's Yorkshire treasure and long may he call out the buffoonery and cynicism emanating from the top levels of English cricket.
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Joined: 10 Feb 2014, 19:23

15 Dec 2016, 09:14 #19

Straight talking, forthright, does not suffer fools and more often than not right. Sounds like the archetypal Yorkshireman.

Hee'll do for me.

(The hee'll is deliberate)
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Joined: 07 Sep 2015, 21:28

15 Dec 2016, 09:49 #20

The thing about his lack of knowledge of English players cannot be glossed over by saying he hasn't the time to go see them. I'm not advocating he has to do what the selectors do. But with every game being recorded, albeit some pretty basically, he could have a look at names being put forward so he has some input at selection meetings.

He could certainly leave the Champions Trophy, which is a global International cricket event only in the minds of PR men, in the hands of Paul Farbrace and spend the first few weeks of June watching some proper cricket.
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