OPINION: Edwards Should Stay But England Need Change

In the wake of England’s Ashes defeat, certain voices in the media have wondered if it is time for Charlotte Edwards to stand down as England captain. CRICKETher dissents from this point of view – there is quite simply no alternative. But it is nevertheless apparent that many of the problems identified with the current regime are very real indeed.

On the field, England’s approach to the game is one-dimensional and they never seem to have a Plan B.

Furthermore it is abundantly clear that a number of batsmen don’t have their heads in the right places, with good players becoming bunnies as soon as they pull on an England shirt.

Meanwhile, selection is confused. We have a core of players who are pretty-much undroppable; while the rest struggle to find a role – in and out of the lineup and up and down the order – one minute a specialist boundary fielder, the next an opening batsman!

This has created a situation where a number of squad members are said to be deeply unhappy, with at least one believed to be on the verge of quitting.

All of these issues come down to one thing: management.

While Meg Lanning has credited Southern Stars Head Coach Matt Mott with playing a huge part in their Ashes success, England don’t even have a Head Coach – they have a Director of Elite Performance. When Paul Shaw was appointed to this post, the ECB talked it up as a more all-encompassing role than Head Coach, but it subsequently seems to be the case that at least in terms of the England team, it really isn’t.

If England are not to regress further over the next two years leading up to the 2017 World Cup, this needs to change.

They need a proper Head Coach with the moral and “legal” authority to challenge the status quo, to offer a fresh perspective and renewed leadership both on and off the field. This person has to be appointed from outside the “Loughborough Bubble” which probably means they will have to come from abroad and from The Other Game; but in both cases, so be it.

Make no mistake, it won’t be an easy job… but somebody’s really gotta do it!

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9 thoughts on “OPINION: Edwards Should Stay But England Need Change

  1. There needs to be a root and branch review as the ECB investment and the current academy structure has not worked for the women’s game and achieved the objectives.

    The balance of power seems to lie with some key individuals in the squad and selection is being compromised along with the development of future talent.

    The ECB should only hand out short term contracts ahead of the T20 World Cup and then look longer term so some players may have to be discarded.

    They should also look for an individual outside the current setup to implement any changes and recruit talented coaches. For example the Aussies had Joe Dawes (India, IPL and CA Bowling coach).

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  2. The title pretty much sums it up:
    * Edwards should stay
    * The selectors and management need a good shake-up

    You make a good point about there needing to be a head coach or “manager” who appears sometimes to talk about the team, tactics etc. Like the men’s side have with Bayliss. We only ever hear in the media from Edwards and Connor.

    “Meanwhile, selection is confused. We have a core of players who are pretty-much undroppable; while the rest struggle to find a role – in and out of the lineup and up and down the order – one minute a specialist boundary fielder, the next an opening batsman!” * Exactly…and you are referring to Danni Wyatt I presume…

    “This has created a situation where a number of squad members are said to be deeply unhappy, with at least one believed to be on the verge of quitting.” * Oh dear…who could this be I wonder…we have already unnecessarily lost other (still very good) players like Colvin, let’s not lose any more.

    Somehow though I doubt the results of this much lauded “root and branch review” will satisfy everybody!

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    • I think Colvin is a different case. As far as I recall she just needed a break from cricket (ala Sarah Taylor a couple of years ago). Susie Rowe is perhaps a good example, just the sort of big hitting T20 batsman we need, who (again as far as I know) saw no future as a international cricketer and pursued her hockey instead.
      The only other cases I can recall are MacGregor (who played 3 T20s in 2010) and Helen Shipman (Academy player) who scored 120+ to save Warks Div 1 status in last season’s play off and has jacked in cricket.

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      • It sure is sad to lose these players from the game. Just goes to show the contracts have created problems as well as solved them. What I meant to ask was why can’t Colvin come back now though? Seeing as she is still playing and playing well. The rules re. training requirements are ridiculous, if someone’s good enough…we need to be more flexible IMO.

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      • Hi Clanger. you are labouring under the delusion that the Women have selectors. They don’t, not any more the ECB, i.e. Paul Shaw sacked them just before the ashes series. So you can understand why the players are P****d off, they have no one to turn to when not selected.

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    • Hi James, Just so you know there are no selectors. Paul Shaw does all the selecting!
      Quite agree Edwards should stay and Shaw and the majority of his coaching staff should go. The Root and branch review will only find what the ECB want it to find as per usual. I fully expect Paul Shaw to still be in charge when they go to the UAE. Which is a shame. Claire Connor should grow a pair and just sack him and Carl Crowe.

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    • Yes I wonder if the England camp will come out with a player they want to drop and claim they are being “rested” as with Buttler. Or maybe they only way round the contract problem is for players themselves to quit. Seems stupid though.

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      • The ECB have form when it comes to press releases. Jane Smit and Nicky Shaw both ‘retired’ in somewhat strange circumstances (such as mid tour in Australia in Smit’s case) and yet the press release contained material such as ‘it being the right time to retire’ and other such hogwash that was an insult to the intelligence of anyone who followed the women’s game.
        If any player does jack it in because they are p****d off with the way they have been treated you can rest assured you won’t get the facts from the ECB – we’ll have to rely on sites like this for the ‘low down’.

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