Australia’s legendary Shane Warne feels England have been overly dependent on Cook and Root these days, which means a huge blow to the team because of Alastair Cook’s retirement. England has been in hit form in their last Test series and won 4-1 against India but former skipper Cook retired after a great performance in the final match, who has been a great presence at top order for around a decade.
There are some similarities in team Australia according to Warne in how England started relying on the veteran Cook and existing captain Joe Root and worries that it’s a matter they will try hard to fix in the near future.
Warne said “England is a bit similar to Australia where they depend only on few players. They rely on Cook and Root to score runs, which is like Steve Smith and David Warner.”
“To get the wickets, they rely on James Anderson and Stuart Broad. We are a bit better in bowling lineup. We have Nathan Lyon as spinner, and we have got three of the world’s top 10 bowlers – Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc.They have James Pattinson in backup.
“Our bowling may be little stronger as unit but they have got the class of Broad and Anderson. They rely on few and losing Alastair Cook is a great loss for England. Even though he has not been successful to make a lot of runs in long run, experience is still a huge loss.”
Despite apparent limits on both sides, Warne is very excited for the next Ashes series in England. He added, “No matter how bad Australia is going, and no matter how bad the form of England is, at the end of the day, it brings the best of both sides when Ashes series come.”
He said, “You can nail your position being a player. Your image is made in Ashes series for an England or Australian player. You play well in Ashes series and you are good. No matter how you play against the rest, as long as you play well in the Ashes. I admire Ashes series, which gets better and bigger over time. England are hard to beat at their home soil. A lot of sides are hard to beat at their home. But with Dukes ball, the bowling of Anderson is very hard to beat for England.
Alastair Cook has been in huge pressure because of bad patch for a long time since the beginning of India series but skipper Joe Root protected his former captain to say that the conditions have been difficult to open. In five knocks against India, Cook has scored 90 so far at the low average of 18 in each innings.
Root added, “I feel we need to be realistic of the surface we are going to play on. Throughout the summer, they have been tailored very much on seam bowling. With plenty of cloud cover, it seamed a lot and it is swung definitely a lot. Opening up is the hardest thing in batting.”