England in West Indies: Tourists’ series defeat feels like the end of an era – Jonathan Agnew

Britain’s 10-wicket rout by the West Indies was a completely collapsing experience for anyone with an interest in English cricket.

Britain has charged this as another time and discussed a superior environment, yet in the end, it was standard, worn out, normal, worn out.

They were pounded in three and a half days, with one more turbulent batting breakdown tossed in just in case. According to that point of view, nothing has changed.

It leaves the group in an exceptionally delicate position.

There is no overseeing chief and no lead trainer, just an overwhelmed commander holding tight by his fingernails.

You couldn’t resist the opportunity to feel the conclusion of a significant time period in Grenada – however, Joe Root won’t leave.

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England in West Indies: Tourists’ series defeat feels like the end of an era – Jonathan Agnew

He has said exactly that yet has that radiance when you examine his eyes – he needs to give his all for the group.

Notwithstanding, there comes a moment when you need to pause and find out if his proceeding is in the group’s wellbeing.

These things truly do reach a conclusion. Like in football, groups block out what they are hearing from a supervisor. Has this group blocked out Joe Root as chief?

Just they will know, yet it would make perfect sense if, when the new mentor and overseeing chief are set up, they choose to continue on with another commander.

One thing is for sure, after a run of one win in 17 Tests, after the Ashes rout and presently this misfortune, Root’s future as chief is out of his hands.

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England in West Indies: Tourists’ series defeat feels like the end of an era – Jonathan Agnew

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A partner in the press box told me that this rout helped them to remember the Oval Test of 1999 against New Zealand when Nasser Hussain’s England group was booed by their own fans.

At that event skipper, Hussain and mentor Duncan Fletcher met up and took the group forward.

It seems like that again on the grounds that there are such countless openings in the entire construction of English cricket, and on the field, England has a ‘hare in the headlights’ mindset they can’t dispose of.

We saw it during the Ashes and it popped up, on day three when England imploded to 101-8 in their second innings after the West Indies lower-request batted without any difficulty before in the day.

It was not the most straightforward pitch to bat on – there was some lopsided bob – yet when the strain is applied to this England batting line-up they self-destruct.

They had batted well in the initial two Tests, but on level pitches. What is disheartening is the certainty England’s batsmen ought to have acquired that didn’t emerge in the third Test.

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