Ashes 2021-22: ‘England deserve medals for going to Australia for Ashes, not criticism’ says Paul Collingwood;
Ashes 2021-22: England assistant coach Paul Collingwood has expressed concern about the impact bio-bubbles are having on the players’ mental health.
Collingwood is standing in for Chris Silverwood as head coach for England’s current five-match T20I series against the West Indies, in which England is behind 1-2.
“I don’t think people have understood the impact and the effects that these bubbles have had. Going to the Ashes off the back of a tough bubble in Dubai, I think was literally one step too far. You can’t even explain what it’s like until you experience it. The simple fact is you cannot walk out of your front door and as soon as you’re told that you cannot do something as simple as going for a coffee, you are penned in with the same guys. A lot of people will say ‘that must be fun’ and ‘you’ve got a lovely hotel’ but it hits you,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Collingwood as saying.
“Take someone like Chris Woakes, the most loveable and down-to-earth guy. I have seen him in some serious mental states. Therefore, we have seen Ben Stokes, someone we consider to be the most mentally tough cricketer in the world, being hit by this. I just hope there are no ramifications moving forward because when they come, they won’t be obvious next week or the week after. These are things that might come out down the line. Moreover, That’s what scares me,” he added.
In the just finished Ashes series, England had been thrashed by Australia by a score of 0-4. England had been quarantined on Gold Coast. And had only two full days of match practice before the first Test in Brisbane.
“I reckon if you had given us the best England cricketers in the Ashes from the last 100 years. And put them in the same environment that those boys have lived in over the past two years. With the preparation that we had going into this Ashes even they wouldn’t have had a chance,” said Collingwood.
“Australia was not bothered that they were going to receive an England team who were mentally fatigued. They just wanted to get the product out there. They just wanted the Ashes. These guys deserve medals, not criticism. They should be told ‘well done’ for even going. It’s the equivalent of the England football team being asked to go to a World Cup. Then from that bubble into the Euros. Would you expect a performance from that scenario? It’s ludicrous,” he added.
Meanwhile, England were defeated by West Indies by 20 runs in the third T20I. Giving the hosts a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
(With ANI Inputs)