Ian Bell calls for England to restore selection panel after Ashes drubbing

back icon
safari
29 Dec 2021 | 03:24 PM
authorcricket.com staff

Ian Bell calls for England to restore selection panel after Ashes drubbing

The former England batter reckons someone who is not present in the dressing room and not interacting with players on a daily basis will be more suited for the job

Following a drubbing in the Ashes, former batter Ian Bell reckons that England need to go back to the traditional selection panel as it helps in providing a different perspective.

England are 0-3 down in the five-match series and as a result, Australia have retained the Ashes again. 

Ed Smith, who was the chief selector till April, left his role as the post was deemed redundant. The responsibility of picking the teams is now on head coach Chris Silverwood with captains Joe Root and Eoin Morgan helping him in picking the XI.

Bell has called for the restoration of the selection panel instead of the head coach having all the responsibilities. "One of the hardest things, and I was very shocked if I'm honest with you, was when we went away from the chairman of selectors thing," he told 'Sportsday'.

"Even looking at it from a player's point of view you're not stupid enough to think (Chris Silverwood) is not part of selection, but since he is head selector, how would you have the honest conversations with the head coach and say, 'I might be struggling a little bit here', because he is the man who's making all the decisions.

The 39-year-old, who has played 118 Tests, 161 ODIs and 8 T20Is for England, feels someone who is not present in the dressing room and not interacting with players on a daily basis will be more suited for the job.

"I think you need a chairman of selectors who sits outside of the dressing room sometimes, who's not attached to all the players emotionally or what's going on a daily basis and can actually see things from a different set of eyes, which I think is really important."

England's selection over the past three matches has been met with sharp criticism. Pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad were rested on a bowler-friendly pitch in Brisbane while Mark Wood and spinner Jack Leach were dropped from the Adelaide Test where the pitch aided spinners.

Down 0-2, Silverwood made four changes going into the Boxing Day Test but to no avail, as England succumbed to an embarrassing innings and 14-run loss inside three days at the MCG.

The changes yielded no result as Australia took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-Test series to retain the Urn. "When you look at it now, you look at some of the selections we've had and decisions we've made at the toss, it's been very internal, there's not been a lot of advice from those outside who aren't in those day-to-day training sessions and in the bubble and it all becomes a bit emotional," Bell said.

"They need another set of eyes helping them to make these decisions."

The Ashes continues with the fourth Test scheduled to be played at the SCG from January 4, 2022.

(With inputs from PTI)

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
England tour of Australia, 2021/22EnglandAustraliaIan Bell

Related Articles

No Articles found
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved