Geoffrey Boycott: The voice of reason
Good old Geoffrey! He can always be relied upon to tell it how it is, and his latest rant about the failings of England coach Duncan Fletcher is spot-on.
One might think it bizarre, sacrilegous even, to be talking in such terms about a man who only a year ago wrested back the Ashes after 18 years of hurt.
For what it's worth, I agree with Boycott. Fletcher's high-point was last summer, since when England's record has made dismal reading.
Of the 13 Tests since reclaiming the Ashes, England have won only five, including the famous forfeited Test against Pakistan; in ODIs, their form is even worse, winning just six out of their last 24, one of those against the mighty Ireland!
And my choice to replace Fletcher? John Wright, who led India to a 1-1 draw in Australia three winters ago, inflicting upon the Aussies their only home defeat in a live rubber out of their last 58 home tests.
Additionally, Wright's India were no one-day slouches either, reaching the last World Cup Final, winning nine and losing two of their 11 matches.
If England are to bounce back from the six wicket hammering meted out by Australia and perform at the next World Cup, which is less than five months away, perhaps the time has come to ditch Fletcher and opt for someone new.