Former England player Geoffrey Boycott said that England batters lacked patience and determination throughout the Ashes 2021-22.
England ended their disastrous Ashes campaign with a 146-run loss to Australia in Hobart to suffer a humiliating 4-0 Ashes defeat.
Despite being in the command of the 270-run chase after openers Zak Crawley and Rory Burns provided an excellent start with their alliance of 68 for the opening stand, England’s batting order collapsed in the blink of an eye.
England lost 10 wickets for 56 runs on the third day of the Hobart Test as the visitors were bowled out for 124 after Australian all-rounder Cameron Green turned the game with his brilliant spell.
England’s batsmanship has been exposed as embarrassing: Geoffrey Boycott
Apart from the draw in Sydney, England were completely outplayed by the Australians in almost each session of the series. With more than two days left to chase in Hobart, this was the best opportunity for England to win a Test Down Under for more than a decade later.
Boycott highlighted that England’ dismal batting show will not help the team in achieving any success further.
“I keep saying if England cannot bat, they will not win. England’s batsmanship has been exposed as embarrassing. The whole series has been about the poor standard of batting technique, lack of footwork, judgement around off stump about what to play and what to leave. They have lacked patience and sheer bloody-minded determination to make the opposition bowlers bowl you out with good balls,” Boycott wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
Mark Wood was a breath of fresh air: Geoffrey Boycott
England pacer Mark Wood bowled a tremendous spell of 6/37 as Australia were bowled out for 155 with the visitors set for a target of 271.
Wood’s bowling efforts went in vain as England failed to capitalise on the situation and chase the score.
Boycott heaped praise over Wood’s phenomenal bowling and said if the Durham bowler manages his fitness well then he will find a great run ahead.
“Mark’s pace has unsettled so many of the Aussie batsmen hitting them on the gloves, arms and body. He got them out of their comfort zone resorting to having a dart at hooking him and getting out. He was a breath of fresh air and if he can stay fit, he will have lots more success,” Boycott said.
England will tour to West Indies later this month to play five T20 International matches before they start the three-match Test series in March.