Jim Lyon - England must try to avoid throwing the baby out as well

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.

There is a real danger of what Gus Hedges may have described as an ‘infant and unclean H20 discardment scenario’ surrounding the England cricket team at the moment.

If those desperate to find scapegoats after the disastrous tour of Australia are listened to almost the entire team would be dismantled unnecessarily.

So far Andy Flower and Graeme Swann have walked away – their time served as far as they are concerned.

Swann obviously knows his body better than anyone and feels the moment had come while Flower had been making noises about wanting to cut down on his time away from home for a good while.

No great surprise, perhaps, with either of those.

The ECB has also decided to remove Kevin Pietersen.

For my money, it is the right call. When a player is referred to as an issue more than a star performer it is time to act.

While things are going well, cracks get papered over.

When the runs and the victories dry up, they become exposed as gaping crevasses.

Quite simply, the man caused more problems than he solved and it made sense for him to go.

But there it should end.

Pietersen seems determined, along with his unmuteable mouthpiece Piers Morgan, to take as many people with him as possible.

It is the ‘If I’m going down, you’re coming with me’ approach – which is nice.

Matt Prior is the one to have caught the eye most of all and has almost become guilty by association.

He has become embroiled, largely not through his own doing, in a spat with both Pietersen and Morgan.

It is a set-to that is in danger of overshadowing what a good cricketer he can be.

Now there are calls for him to never appear near the England side again – especially with Jos Buttler making runs in the one-day side.

If, after the first six weeks of the county season, Prior has no runs to his name and Buttler is demolishing attacks left, right and centre then okay. But this is no time to be making judgements.

Similarly Jonathan Trott. The guy had a problem, bravely admitted to it and has spent time away hopefully sorting things out.

He should be applauded, not castigated.

Come mid-June, if he is playing anything like his best he should be reintroduced – if he feels ready – to the Test side.

He remains one England’s best players and should not be discarded too hastily.

Ashley Giles? It seems likely he will be the man to replace Flower in charge of the side.

If he is genuinely the right man for the job, then it would the right appointment.

The fact he was part of the vast staff that went on ‘The Tour From Hell!!’ does not mean he has instantly become no good at his job.

Alastair Cook and James Anderson have also been touted for the chop.

But it is nonsense.

Yes, Australia was a miserable experience but should they all be case aside because of it – no.

One of the reasons England have been successful in recent times is because of their reluctance to indulge in change for change’s sake.

Hark back a few years when the door to the dressing-room was a revolving one and it is easy to see how results suffered.

Australia themselves are a prime example here.

Last summer they used 17 players and lost 3-0.

During the winter they used 11 and won 5-0.

Of course that was not the only reason they triumphed but you can bet it played a big part.

Some tinkering will be needed this summer, that goes without saying.

And it is great to see emerging international players like Buttler and Moeen Ali doing well.

But they still need time and it would be wrong on so many levels to through them in too early – especially if it was because key men who still have a lot to offer are being jettisoned.