The current malaise surrounding England’s cricket team plumbed new depths on Monday with an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Netherlands in the t20 World Cup.
Apart from an exhilarating win against Sri Lanka, fuelled by an explosive Alex Hales ton, Ashley Giles’ side have done little to lift the gloom that has followed the England side around since their Ashes humiliation.
The fact that Giles is still being touted as a potential successor to former coach Andy Flower is astonishing, his explanation for the defeat against the Dutch being that his players may have been complacent.
If that is the case surely he must take a lot of responsibility for such an attitude among the squad.
England, no matter whether they were out of the World Cup or not, should have been targetting the final group game against a team such as the Dutch as a chance to boost morale with a heavy win.
If, as suggested, the new coach of England will be one for all formats, then Giles is not the man for the job.
Apart from the displays of Hales and Eoin Morgan against Sri Lanka, and the promise of paceman Chris Jordan, there seems to be a lack of spark among the players, the required pace and attacking intent needed in this format is absent.
The sooner the ECB appoint a new overall head coach the better.
The domestic season started this week so time is running out ahead of a busy summer which includes home games in all formats against Sri Lanka and India.
Many have called for massive changes on the playing front, but in truth I believe the core of the team must remain in place, with the likes of Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Matt Prior and newcomer Ben Stokes retained.
Before people despair too much it is important to recall that this is not the first - and it won’t be the last - time English cricket has been in the doldrums as in recent times they have bounced back quickly.
As recently as 2009, captain Kevin Pietersen and coach Peter Moores departed on the same day and results took a dive, but by the end of the summer they had regained the Ashes and were the golden boys once again.
Hopefully whoever takes over as England coach can help them revive again.
With Gary Kirsten, who would have been ideal, showing no interest in the job it seems that Giles, ex-England coach Peter Moores, Nottinghamshire coach Mick Newell and Australian Trevor Bayliss, coach of New South Wales, are the names on the shortlist.
Let’s hope the ECB don’t take the easy option of Giles.