England hold crisis meeting after Windies thrashing

LONDON – England have held a crisis meeting after a second humiliation by the West Indies in as many tests. 

The team is worried by their poor form in a year they host the World Cup and the Ashes series against Australia, according to coach Trevor Bayliss.

Following a 381-run defeat by the hosts in the first Test in Barbados last month, England suffered a 10-wicket thrashing in Antigua on Saturday to lose the three-match series 2-0 after only seven days of cricket.

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England’s Keaton Jennings talks with batting coach Mark Ramprakash during a training session. Photo: Reuters/Paul Childs

“We want to get to the root of why we haven’t played as well as we’d like. We posed some questions to them last night in the changing-room and gave them 24 hours to think about it,” Bayliss told reporters. 

“Any defeat is not good. It’s how you come back. Obviously we didn’t come back too well in this game. It’s a big year ahead … I’d have to say it’s a concern.”

Skipper Joe Root said after their latest loss that England’s batting was to blame after managing 187 and 132 in two innings. 


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