ANG vs. New Zealand: England assistant coach Graham Thorpe has told his team’s struggling batsmen to prove they are desperate to keep their spot after their poor game against New Zealand.
England suffered their first home test series loss in seven years after collapsing against New Zealand at Edgbaston at the weekend.
Most of Joe Root’s top batsmen were out of shape again and New Zealand took full advantage of their woes.
Root’s tally of 891 runs in eight tests in 2021 puts him 562 ahead of Dan Lawrence, who is England’s second-highest scorer during that span.
England’s testing batting averages for the year reveal the depth of the problem, with Lawrence (29.90), Ollie Pope (21.54), Dom Sibley (21.35) and Zak Crawley (10.25) ) all disconnected.
Root suggested this weekend that these players are still England’s best options and would benefit from an extended display of faith.
ANG vs. New Zealand: But Thorpe, who works under head coach Chris Silverwood, wants to see these under-performers fight for their place as Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler aim to return for the Test Series against India in August.
“These players have to show desperation to stay in the squad, they have to earn the right to stay in the squad,Thorpe said.
“They will be fully aware of this because we have players who will come back to this team and there are others outside who are also putting the pressure. There is a competition for places, which is healthy for a team.
“This competition should motivate the individual, so when he comes in he feels this opportunity to play and go and do it. You have to keep producing and your right column (runs) is very important; that’s what keeps you in the team. ”
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Crawley was picked based on potential despite a modest first-class record, but showed his potential when he scored 267 goals against Pakistan last August.
Yet after being named as a future star, he has been sacked by nine figures in his last 12 attempts.
ANG vs. New Zealand: Thorpe admitted that Crawley must learn from his struggles, saying: “He is young, both in terms of age and Test career.
“If he goes and continues to work on his game I’m sure he will be successful, but you have to learn from those moments so that when you come back you are better off.
“As coaches that’s what we’re looking for: do you have the game, (and) the mental toughness to improve and learn and push yourself forward when you have a bump in the road?”
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