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Trott has to go after abject England crumble to defeat in Barbados

Hard to put a positive spin on a poor bowling performance.

In the words of Bananarama, a cruel, cruel, summer beckons for England.

England led by 68 runs after the first innings and looked set to complete a 2-0 series win - an unconvincing one, but one that could at least provide some confidence.

Instead, a batting collapse left the West Indies needing only 194 to win, even then a good bowling and fielding performance would have seen England home. But inconsistent bowling from England, and particularly Ali, saw the hosts home from with five wickets to spare.

So to the summer. What needs to happen to give England a chance against first New Zealand and then Australia?

First of all, a more symbiotic relationship between the selection panel and manager Moores and captain Cook. How can a panel pick Lyth, Wood, Plunkett, Bairstow and Rashid for a tour squad and then none of them be picked by Moores and Cook for the team as others faltered?

Trott has to go. He is a dead man walking at the crease. Bell is maybe on the cusp of being dropped. After his century in Antigua he has had five failures. Cook, Ballance and Root are all assured of their places. Lyth or Lees look likely replacements.

The bowling is even worse. Anderson is world class but Broad looks a declining force and Jordan and Stokes simply aren't good enough to be the third seamer. We also need a front line spinner.

However, there are no obvious replacements that spring to mind. That's the really worrying thing.

What changes need to be made in the England cricket team?



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