London, August 22 (IANS) Former England striker Graham Gooch believes England are too dependent on captain Joe Root to score races. While he is confident Root will continue his run, Gooch wonders if Root feels the pressure, just as he felt it in his playing days.
“We are too dependent on one person. I have had that experience and it is not a complaint, but at certain stages of my career there was a greater responsibility to have to deliver. As a player, you may be in the best shape of your life, but you can not deliver all the time, and that expectation is not helpful. You need everyone to contribute. When I became captain, it spurred me on for the best period of my career, “Gooch said in an interview with the Daily Mail on Sunday.
He added: “But I felt the pressure later towards the end before I quit in 93. I had a good series against Australia, scoring two hundred, but I felt the pressure that I should do well because we had a lot younger players. You just feel the pressure. Whatever he says, Joe will feel the pressure, because right now he’s 50, 60, 70 percent of our strokes, right? Can he keep this form going for the rest of the series? Of course he can. ”
“He is a world-class player and he performs incredibly. He can hold on. But of course, there will be a brawl period for any athlete in any sport. It is not possible to keep it going game after game after game, ”Gooch concluded.
The 68-year-old, who served as head coach for the English team between 2009 and 2014, had some sympathy for the top order set for a reign ahead of the Leeds Test on Wednesday. As Dom Sibley is dropped from the squad, Haseeb Hameed is in line to collaborate with Rory Burns at the top with Dawid Malan at number three on his return to the Test fold after three years.
“Each of the cricketers works hard, trains hard, prepares. It’s not a lack of effort, but things like attitude, technical ability, knowledge and concentration all come into play, especially for an opening shooter, because a mistake and it’s the end of your day, ”said Gooch.
He went on to say: “All I can say is that you go to some dark places in cricket because it is an individual sport within a team game. You can think a lot about it. In general, the best is the best. You need to have a simple plan and a clear, strong mind to deliver. If you have a confused mind and I’m not saying they have it because I do not know, but if you have a confused mind you are in trouble. ”
He supports Hameed, who made zero and nine in his comeback test at Lord’s. “They have to play him for the rest of the series because you don’t take anyone in and leave them out for a game.”
Malan’s choices may have raised some eyebrows. But Gooch likes it. “He has a technique where he plays the ball late, plays straight. He is a composite player, he knows his own game, he knows how to score races, he has had a bit of success at test level before. Just because someone has tried does not mean ‘completely shot and can not come back’.
Gooch ended by saying that Sir Alastair Cook, who retired from international cricket in 2018, would still be joining the current Test squad. “He would still play if he was available, of course he would.”
The third Test between England and India begins at Headingley from Wednesday.