Alec Stewart was impressed with Chris Woakes and Alex Hales © Getty Images
Alec Stewart was impressed with Chris Woakes and Alex Hales © Getty Images

Aug 31, 2014

Former England captain Alec Stewart slammed England for their performances against India in the ongoing One-Day International (ODI) series. England are currently 0-2 down in the five-match series after the first ODI was washed out without a ball being bowled.

Alec Stewart wrote in his column in that “In the week when both Graeme Swann and Michael Vaughan questioned Alastair Cook’s place in the team place in the team and wrote off his team’s chances of winning next year’s World Cup, England have it all to do.”

Stewart was especially critical of the brand of cricket England were playing. “They have a mountain to climb being two down with just two to play. Overcautious and ­unadventurous, repeating mistake after mistake. Watching England in this current series is exactly how England played back in the mid 1990s.”

The former wicketkeeper said that the batting needed to improve. “England have to understand that the game has moved on and must be prepared to play a style of cricket that  will worry the opposition. With no batsman yet to score a 50 in the series England have plenty to fret about. Ian Bell and Eoin Morgan are fine players but they could become vulnerable with Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali in the squad but yet to play.

Complimenting the visitors on their turnaround, Stewart wrote, “India look a completely different team to the rabble that threw in the towel in the recent Test series. They are currently giving their hosts a lesson in how to play 50 over cricket. Strong shots, improvisation and not allowing any  England bowler to settle has been their formula mixed in with variety in the bowling attack.”

However, Stweart also said that he was happy with youngsters Alex Hales and Chris Woakes. “On the few positives from England I’ve been impressed with the progress Chris Woakes is making as an all rounder while Alex Hales has shown enough in his first two games at the top of the order that he can succeed at this level.”

Stewart wrote that while England had “room for plenty of improvement,” there was still “just about enough time” for them to do so.