New era, stuttering form and World Cup win – England white-ball 2022 review
The England white-ball team signed off a rollercoaster year with a record defeat in a near empty MCG, the scene of their T20 triumph little more than a week ago.
Here, the PA news agency looks at how the men’s team has performed, and changed, over the course of 2022.
T20 cricket (Played 28, Won 15, Lost 11, No result 2)
England’s last 20-over outing of the year ended with a World Cup in the bag, making them the first team to unite the two most coveted pieces of silverware in the men’s game. Under any metrics, that means 2022 will go down as a success in the shortest format.
It did not always seem likely to be the case, though, with three successive series defeats away to the West Indies and at home to India and South Africa raising question marks about their cutting edge.
Things came together at the key moment, with an impressive 4-3 win on their first tour of Pakistan in 17 years, another morale-boosting effort against tournament hosts Australia and then their increasingly convincing march to the title in Melbourne.
ODI cricket (Played 12, Won 5, Lost 6, No result 1)
England end the year on top of the ICC’s 50-over rankings, to go with their status as reigning world champions. And yet, it feels like their eye has been off the ball.
With the reboot of the Test side and the emphasis on the hunt for T20 silverware Down Under taking precedence, ODIs have felt low on the priority list.
Three of their five victories came in a mismatched series against an under-strength Netherlands side and there were a few hefty reverses along the way, culminating in the 221-run loss to Australia. Expect more care and attention in the run up to next year’s World Cup defence.
Mott’s low-key leadership
Chris Silverwood’s inevitable removal as head coach following a desperate Ashes campaign allowed England to revert to a split model, with Matthew Mott swapping his role with a dominant Australia women’s side for a crack at the men’s game.
While Test coach Brendon McCullum quickly emerged as a power player in the English game, and the inspiration behind the unwanted ‘Bazball’ terminology, Mott has deliberately maintained a lower profile.
But his knowledge of knockout cricket, calming influence and contacts book has proved a good fit so far. And a global trophy at the first time of asking gives him plenty of credit in the bank.
Buttler emerges after the end of Eoin’s era
When Eoin Morgan decided he had run out of road as an international cricketer in June, it ended the most successful period of England’s limited-overs history.
Jos Buttler’s elevation was long expected but over the course of a flat summer programme he looked a little too timid about setting out his own agenda.
But pushing for Alex Hales’ recall after Jonny Bairstow’s injury was a bold and successful gambit and he found his feet in fine fashion when it mattered most Down Under.
His leadership from the Ireland loss onwards was nimble and fluid and by the time he laid hands on the trophy, it truly felt like he had taken ownership of the side.
Biggest winners and losers
Sam Curran’s stock shot through the roof when he was named player of the tournament at the T20 World Cup, a reward for his vastly improved work with ball in hand.
Another left-armer, Reece Topley, was England’s top performer of the summer only to be cruelly ruled out of the competition with a freak injury. Both can expect to be central figures going forward.
Jason Roy was the player who saw his position most resoundingly diminished, suffering a drastic loss of form that saw him axed from the World Cup and left his ODI spot precarious.
Ben Stokes plays down fitness fears after not batting or bowling against Ireland
England won by 10 wickets after being set 11 for victory.
Josh Tongue claims five on debut as England beat battling Ireland by 10 wickets
England made it 11 wins in 13 Tests under Ben Stokes’ and Brendon McCullum but endured a frustrating day at Lord’s.
Resistance of Ireland tail-enders ensures England must bat again at Lord’s
Debutant Josh Tongue claimed a five-wicket haul but Mark Adair and Andy McBrine hit fifties for dogged Ireland.
Harry Tector half-century helps Ireland hold up England victory charge at Lord’s
Josh Tongue, Jack Leach and Joe Root claimed wickets but Ireland made it through until lunch on day three.
Josh Tongue named in unchanged England squad for first Ashes Tests
Tongue made his Test debut against Ireland at Lord’s with James Anderson and Ollie Robinson rested.
David Warner to retire from Test cricket after Ashes and Pakistan series
The Australia opener, 36, ruled out playing on beyond January.
James Vince and Liam Dawson do the damage in Hampshire’s rout of Essex
The visitors bowled out the hosts for just 96.
Ollie Pope says entertainment matters as England close in on win against Ireland
Pope and Ben Duckett went big at Lord’s but some players will go into the Ashes series with minimal time in the middle.
Ollie Pope and Ben Duckett move England close to big win over Ireland at Lord’s
Duckett blitzed 182 before Pope struck a maiden double century in Test cricket on another trademark day of ‘Bazball’ cricket.
England declare with victory in sight after Ollie Pope and Ben Duckett heroics
Pope’s brilliant 205 backed up Duckett’s record-breaking 182 against Ireland at Lord’s.