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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 December 2006, 14:29 GMT
How should England respond?
Andrew Flintoff with coach Duncan Fletcher
The Flintoff/Fletcher team has won only two Tests out of nine so far
Since England surrendered the Ashes in desperately disappointing fashion, calls have grown for the head of coach Duncan Fletcher, who has been in charge of the team since 1999.

The selection process has come under particular scrutiny - Fletcher, chairman David Graveney and Geoff Miller share selection duties at home but Fletcher and captain Andrew Flintoff share the job on tour.

Former captains Graham Gooch and Bob Willis, who have 208 Test caps between them, are among those raising England team issues, and 606 website users have their say.

GA Gooch
Graham Gooch
England 1975-95

I am not a believer in one man being all powerful and someone who is coaching the players as well.

Duncan Fletcher is all powerful [at the moment] and maybe that needs to be reviewed.

Geraint Jones trudges back to the pavilion
Jones has had a nightmare, I don't mind a wicketkeeper who is the better batter but plainly he has not done the job

Graham Gooch
A lot of questions need to be asked about who is accountable for the selection policies on tour.

In the summer the selection panel changed the format of the side with Chris Read and Monty Panesar playing - yet as soon as they went on tour they ditched that.

There was a major policy change regarding the wicket-keeper and the spin bowler from the end of last season and there is obviously a conflict there.

The selection policy when on tour needs to be reviewed, fully debated and who is accountable here?

All I know is Panesar is as good an England spinner as I've seen for the last 20-odd years. I couldn't believe he was not one of the first names on the team sheet.

As for Jones, he has had a nightmare. I don't mind the policy of electing a wicket-keeper who is the better batter but plainly he has not done the job.

RGD Willis
Bob Willis
England 1971-84, speaking to BBC Radio Five Live

Fletcher has a special relationship with David Morgan, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, who knew him from his time coaching Glamorgan and is a great ally.

Any cricket fan in England could have told him it was wrong to pick Giles instead of Panesar, who had shown in the summer that he was an exceptional talent.

We only wish the stubborn mule Duncan Fletcher would admit his mistakes

Bob Willis
And the preparation of Steve Harmison and the other seamers was woefully inadequate at the start of the tour.

Panesar was the star bowler against Pakistan in the summer and Read was averaging 40 with the bat.

As soon as the team got out of the country, Fletcher went against the wishes of the other selectors and reverted to Giles and Jones because they'd done a good job in the Ashes - the fact is their form didn't warrant selection.

England didn't give themselves enough preparation, they should have gone straight to Australia from the Champions Trophy in India.

Monty Panesar
Panesar took eight wickets on his return to the team in Perth
They came back for about eight days to be with their families when they should have been acclimatising down under.

We only wish the stubborn mule Duncan Fletcher would admit his mistakes.

He's had more successes than failures but he's coming up to a very difficult period of his tenency.

The next two Test matches, with 95,000 watching on Boxing Day in Melbourne and then a very partisan crowd in Sydney, it's going to be difficult to fend off a 5-0 defeat, but that's only the start of the story.

England are still statistically the second best placed Test nation in the world, but the fact is only Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are below them in one-day cricket.

The one-day series and the World Cup is going to be a real challenge for Fletcher.

England's cricket has been poor in the Test series in Australia but they're absolutely hopeless at one-day cricket and Fletcher has got to try and pull them round.

Your Say
Views from users of the 606 website

Sports, with cricket being no exception, are breathtakingly poorly managed in England.
akira9b

Eighteen months ago the same team were the saviours of English cricket! Did Australia get rid of Ponting, Warne or McGrath when they lost the Ashes? No, because they had proved themselves many times before.
Struisbaai

Before we blame Duncan I think that whichever committee it was at the ECB who decided to let Troy Cooley go and work for the opposition should take a collective look in the mirror and ask themselves if it was their fault we have just lost the Ashes.
Toontimmo

Is Mr Fletcher so deluded that he cannot admit that he has lost the art of how to get a team to peak at the right time? Or is peaking just another foreign city on his retirement destination list?
orangehikaru



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