Ashes series: Marcus Trescothick backs David Collier statement
Marcus Trescothick believes David Collier has done the right thing in backing Andy Flower and Alastair Cook.
Last Updated: 04/01/14 8:29pm
Collier, who was speaking ahead of the second day of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney, insists Flower remains the man to take England forward even though they are staring at a 5-0 whitewash by Australia in the Ashes series.
Trescothick told Sky Sports News: "I think it is very positive what he is saying that Andy Flower is going to maintain his position.
"I think he is absolutely right that Andy Flower is one of the best coaches in the world and regarded as a very, very good leader of men and getting people in the right place.
"The key for me is the transitional period now. If this is the route that the ECB are going to take and they are going to try and rebuild again for the next two or three years then it is very interesting, because normally you get to this stage with a lot of coaches and they come to the end of their time and they are either released from their position or they walk away.
"If Andy Flower is going to get the opportunity to rebuild then I think that will be an interesting time for him."
Cook was dismissed for only seven off the second ball of the second day at the SCG when he was trapped lbw after offering no shot to a Ryan Harris delivery.
Shot to pieces
"I think he is gone," said Trescothick. "I think mentally he is shot to pieces pretty much.
"You make these decisions and sometimes you get them right, sometimes you get them wrong.
"This is just a horrible misjudgement - this is not Alastair Cook - you don't make these decisions generally unless your brain is not engaged in the actual game that is going on.
"It didn't get much better really. It is really hard to talk about what is good about the England batting - only Ben Stokes is the one that is coming out.
"It has just gone from bad to worse, today capping off their worst part of the series so far."
Former Australia paceman Jason Gillespie understandably feels it is the Australia bowlers who should be getting all the credit.
He said: "Everyone is bemoaning the fact that England are playing poorly and it is hard to explain, they are all under-performing. But the Australian bowling attack has been simply outstanding.
"This is as good a bowling as you will see in world cricket over the last 20 or 30 years. It has been disciplined, it has been aggressive, it has been completely ruthless and they are continuing it on."