Former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott publicly criticised the English Cricket Team for batting like a bunch of irresponsibles against the World Champions India. He also feels like the skipper Alastair Cook along with Ian Bell and Joe Root should not be a part of the one-day side.
England has gone into this series with three orthodox batsmen in the top four in Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Joe Root. They are three hugely praised technical batsmen for Test cricket but one should not have all three of them in one’s One Day dream team, Boycott said the last day.
The legendary English batsman also exuberated that there was a crisis of quality spinners and a dearth of effective batsmen who can handle the spin deliveries with utmost care in the England team. Simultaneously, the reason behind England’s struggle in One Day International format of cricket at the momentcan well be understood to be such that they cannot play the turning ball properly. They seem to play the World Champions, India, but they surely bat like a lot of lacklustre, Boycott urged.
Even as England plays slow bowling well on flat pitches when it does not spin, Boycott said the batsmen struggle when the ball is turning.
It is a different ball game when the ball turns, Boycott said. At Trent Bridge on Saturday, India had four spinners who bowled 30 overs and took six for 112 between them. It was not a raging turner, it just turned a little bit, and it was not the first time this had happened to England, Boycott had to say.
Also criticising the selection of fellow cricketers namely, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes, Boycott pulled it down that they are all exactly the same, bowling at a similar pace and having neither any variations, nor any orientattions.
Right after the match captain Cook admitted that England selected them because all three can bat. It was a safety-first policy to get England out of trouble with late-order runs if the first in the order batsmen failed.
Now that Graeme Swann has retired and it seems Monty Panesar has lost all his focus, English Cricket Team has started to forget playing spinners and that they do not have one to bowl at the opposition, Boycott concluded.