England have ‘good alternative’ to reset red-ball cricket after Ashes thumping, says ECB chief Tom Harrison


Tom Harrison says English cricket should get steadiness proper between purple and white-ball cricket, taking a look at when video games are performed and which ball is used within the county sport; ECB chief govt says packed worldwide calendar should be addressed with a view to efficiently handle participant workload

Final Up to date: 14/01/22 8:55am

ECB chief govt Tom Harrison says the Ashes thrashing has given English cricket ‘an excellent alternative’ to ‘reset’ the red-ball sport

Tom Harrison says the English sport has a “good alternative” to “reset” red-ball cricket within the wake of the nationwide group’s Ashes defeat.

England had been thumped within the first three Checks in Australia this winter as they misplaced the collection after simply 12 days of cricket.

Joe Root’s aspect misplaced 9 of their 15 Checks in complete in 2021 and had been dismissed for lower than 200 on 13 events final yr.

A deal with white-ball cricket helped England win the 2019 50-over World Cup on residence soil however ECB chief govt Harrison says the time has come to redress the steadiness between the codecs.

He stated: “Our precedence is Check cricket. We need to achieve success at white-ball cricket, in fact we do, however we completely have to be profitable at Check cricket.

Joe Root's England side lost the Ashes series in just 12 days

Joe Root’s England aspect misplaced the Ashes collection in simply 12 days

“It seems like it is a second to reset the significance of red-ball cricket in our home schedule, for us to recalibrate how we play first-class cricket within the UK.

Harrison: Ashes tour exceptionally tough

“It is a good alternative for us to come back collectively as a sport and actually kind that after and for all. Typically the power to impact change on one thing as difficult as our schedule is when you have got a performance-related situation, and we now have one now.

“This has been an exceptionally tough tour. I do not suppose we will get away from the truth that it has been one other very disappointing episode in our ongoing try and win the Ashes in Australia.

“We’ve actually obtained to unravel this as soon as and for all now and ensure the controversy is answering the questions we’re asking. We should not be afraid of a few of these questions.

“Let’s have the suitable steadiness of purple and white ball, let’s take a look at after we play red-ball cricket, the pitches we play on, the ball we use.”

Harrison: 'The way we manage player workloads is clearly going to be a matter of premium concern as we go forward in 2022'

Harrison: ‘The way in which we handle participant workloads is clearly going to be a matter of premium concern as we go ahead in 2022’

‘Participant workload a premium concern’

On England’s packed worldwide calendar, Harrison added: “We do have to have a look at the schedule – everybody is aware of that.

“The way in which we handle participant workloads is clearly going to be a matter of premium concern as we go ahead in 2022.

“Internationally, after we get out of the rapid aftermath within the wake of Covid, we have got to have a look at how we handle fixture workloads.

“That is one thing that the chief executives’ committee at ICC must sort out within the spherical. It’s a tough problem for world cricket.”

Harrison additionally steered there was “a powerful case” for better cricket information on the ECB board and provided full help to Root persevering with as Check captain.

He was, nonetheless, much less eager to interact with regards to his personal bonus scheme, with Harrison and different senior ECB executives on account of break up a pot reportedly in extra of £2m.

Requested if it was applicable to simply accept the cost at a time when performances are beneath the microscope and funds are stretched by the pandemic, Harrison added: “That may be a query about an employment contract.

“The board set the factors on which we’re judged and that is a matter for them.”



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