Former England captain Alastair Cook said England had reached ‘low bottom’ with their abject batting collapse in Hobart on Sunday as the Ashes’ latest loss in a calamitous run ratcheted up the pressure on skipper Joe Root and trainer Chris Silverwood.
Australia crushed England by 146 runs with two days to spare in the Day-Night Test as the hosts finished the series 4-0.
The visitors were competitive in just a handful of sessions across five Tests and the collapse at Hobart, where they lost 10 wickets for 56 runs, was hard to watch, Cook said.
“It was very difficult viewing, it has to be our background, there can’t be a worse place than getting knocked down in an hour and a half,” Cook said on BT Sport. “The conditions are tough and some good bowling, but there was no resilience there.
“It’s the biggest shock as a batter and a professional playing cricket…once they’ve lost one or two, no one steps in and stops the slide.
“We have to look at everything, start to rebuild this test team. No stone can be left behind because it has to be better.”
England suffered heavy defeats in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne before salvaging a draw in Sydney.
Former skipper Mike Atherton agreed there needed to be an overhaul of England’s leadership after another “utterly abject and humiliating collapse”, although captain Root said he would like to stay in that role.
“England haven’t mastered the art of the stick, not by a long shot, but they’ve mastered the art of collapsing,” Atherton wrote in his column for The Times.
“Root is an exceptional man, a brilliant drummer but a captain who has run his course. Previously he said this tour would define his role as captain and here we are.”
Atherton also lambasted coach Silverwood and England men’s cricket chief executive Ashley Giles.
“There is no way, surely, that Silverwood can continue as head coach and manager after this, and no way that Giles will continue as general manager of men’s cricket either, given the decisions that he took,” he said.
(Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)