England should be ashamed, embarrassed: Geoffrey Boycott
England great Geoffrey Boycott accused the current team of batting like "one-day clowns" after their 5-0 Ashes thrashing in Australia.
It was only the third times in Ashes history that England had been thrashed 5-0 by arch-rivals Australia but Boycott said there was a key difference between his reverse and their last whitewash in 2006/07.
“They were totally humiliated by an Australian team that is good, but not great,” Boycott wrote in his column in yesterday’s UK Daily Telegraph.
“The last whitewash was achieved by a team containing Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist. They had three once-in-a-lifetime players and there was no shame in losing 5-0 to them. But we should be ashamed and embarrassed to lose so abjectly to this lot.
“Over recent years England have employed more backroom staff believing it makes them more professional. In fact, they have over-complicated professionalism.
We have coaches for everything. Psychologists, team analysts and an 82-page diet book that made us a laughing stock.
“In my day when we had a problem, either with batting or bowling, we used to talk it over with our colleagues in the team and worked things out together. It built team morale.
It engaged everyone in the dressing room. Now we have robots waiting for a coach and an analyst with a laptop to tell them what they are doing wrong.
“Well, I can tell our batsmen what they did wrong. They forgot the principles of Test match batting. They batted like one-day clowns. The batting was as bad as anything I have seen from an England side.”