According to the England’s cricket coach Andy Flower, England needs a “world class all-rounder” if they want to stay successful and maintain their number one position.
The Zimbabwean said that to stay at the top of the world rankings and fight off challengers from powerhouses’ like Australia and India having a player who can both Bat and bowl at a world class level was essential.
In his words, England needs a new Andrew Flintoff who can bat in the top order and be a leading wicket taker. Ever since Flintoff retired England has struggled to find a stable replacement, while the team has trialled several allrounders, none of them have had the same impact that Flintoff had.
His words came after England defeated Sri-lanka and levelled the test series at one all. In recent months the English team have struggled with many of their stars unable to find form. The win takes the pressure off many of England’s older players, especially their captain. Andrew Strauss was full of praise for his teammates who he said played better than they have in a long time. He revealed that he never doubted his abilities as either a player or leader despite his team’s rough patch.
In a press conference he stated that “I never had any doubts about whether this was the time for me to go. I`m very determined and committed to seeing us improve as a side. It`s been an interesting week or two but I think it`s very important that we as a side don`t get carried away with whatever the issue of the day is.”
Despite the win, England still looked vulnerable at points, tempting many barmy army fans to stick a cricket bet on England to lose, just in case!
While their batting performance was strong managing a score of 460 in their first innings, their bowling looked vulnerable at times especially in the second innings when they allowed Sri-lanka to score 258.