I have got to say it was very disappointing to see Yorkshire knocked out of the Royal London One-Day Cup.
The one-day form is concerning me now. When I was there I was trying to change the players’ mentality in terms of how they played one-day cricket and I have a concern that we’re not learning.
We have got good players at Yorkshire, but they seem set in their ways and something has got to change if we are going to have success in the T20 and competitions moving forward.Darren Gough
Yorkshire always seem to go back to the default position and, for me, they have a lot of guys who are not mobile enough in the field and are set in their ways with their batting and bowling.
I was impressed in spells against Northamptonshire, but the way they have played throughout the tournament has been disappointing, if we are honest.
I really want us to do well, but Yorkshire have got to take it to another level now. Other teams are learning quicker than we are. That is not the coach’s fault. I think he, by the looks of it, is trying to get them to play a more positive brand of cricket.
I will go back to a semi-final that we played some years ago when I was captain at Yorkshire.
There was some quite funny footage of me ‘losing it’ in the dressing room when I gave the players an instruction to play a certain way and they did not.
I never minded losing – but I always wanted to lose with pride and playing for the shirt and playing to the orders.
And in that particular game they did not do what I ordered and failed. I hate failing without playing to the plan.
For me, that is almost what is going on now. We have got good players at Yorkshire, but they seem set in their ways and something has got to change if we are going to have success in the T20 and competitions moving forward.
What I will say is that I think the signing of Dom Bess is a step in the right direction. He is a good signing and I like him. He is the type of player you need – a forward-thinking one who plays on the front foot.
On to England and Jofra Archer has now definitely nailed his position following his performance in the ODI against Pakistan – and for me, he is in the World Cup squad.
Let us just accept it. His first spell was amazing and he averaged about 90mph and took an early wicket with a great delivery.
His fielding in the T20 game in the one-off international on Sunday was outstanding, so for me he is in the squad and I wish people would stop beating around the bush and just put him in it.
Get him in, he is good enough. Any other country would have just named him in the squad, Australia, Pakistan, India – whoever. But we are just messing about.
Since I first saw Archer I thought he should be in the World Cup squad. People have said: ‘Well, calling him up will upset team spirit.’ What a load of codswallop; I have never heard anything as daft in my life. You have a world-class player who improves your squad, bring him in.
He can bowl at the death and has shown his talent when he has been brought in. He is dangerous and should play in the Ashes as well.
I think England are just waiting to see if Mark Wood is going to be fit, which is obviously a concern because they do not just want to drop someone for Archer and then someone else pull up injured.
It is similar to the story of Padraig Harrington’s situation with Ryder Cup picks, with Padraig wanting three captain’s picks rather than four because it makes the ninth person feeling special when he is chosen. Otherwise it might look as though he has got in there as the captain’s pick.
With England I do think all they are worried about is a couple of guys carrying niggles such as Chris Woakes and Wood and they are trying to make sure they are 100 per cent after a few games against Pakistan.
I do think they have some concerns over the pair. Thinking about any guys under pressure, maybe even (Joe) Denly is. Is he going to be used as a third spinner or will they go for Joe Root?
So it is really interesting, but from what I have seen so far, England have looked impressive, other than the collapse against Ireland. But that was basically a second team who showed their strength in depth.
Meanwhile, the England and Wales Cricket Board have asked manufacturer Dukes to revert to an old model for the Ashes and I agree with the move.
They are obviously concerned that Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad are coming to the end and their strength is that when the ball is swinging they are as dangerous as it comes.
With Broad coming across a lot of left-handers with his swing and then Anderson bowling out-swing to the right-handers, I think they want a swinging ball because we have not got the pace we used to have and are not as effective.
Australia have a lot more pace than us and this older ball model will bring us into the game and I think it is a great move and is the only way. We are in the game.
Without a swinging ball the Aussies – with their pace – might outgun us. Look at 2005 when we outgunned them with the guys we had with Jones, Flintoff and Harmison.
We need some advantage and the swinging ball suits us. Look at the Aussies over there when they use the Kookaburra ball. So why can’t we use our advantage?