Calcutta: Australia have already wrapped up the on-going Ashes series Down Under, and one man who is really not happy with the situation is Geoffrey Boycott.
Rather angry with the way England have fared, Boycott said in his column in The Daily Telegraph that it’s the irresponsible attitude of England’s leading batsmen that had undermined the tour, and the coach Andy Flower should not allow it to go on.
“The reason England are in such a mess in this Ashes Test series is that the batsmen cannot make runs and the bowlers cannot take wickets,” he wrote.
“We came on tour with plenty of players who have excellent figures in Test match cricket. Jonathan Trott has gone home, but in this series Alastair Cook averages 25, Kevin Pietersen 27, Ian Bell 37 and Matt Prior 17.5. That is the engine room of the batting. Lots of experience and seniority – but it has failed,” he added.
“We do not have poor batsmen, but we have guys who are playing irresponsible shots and it has become so infectious that it is effecting the newcomers, Joe Root and Michael Carberry.”
Boycott was biting in his criticism of Pietersen. “Senior players should always give a lead to the juniors, but with Pietersen it is all about self. He is going to do whatever he wants, play the way he feels irrespective of the state of the match or what is best for England.
“I do not agree that you have to let him play the way he wants. When the best player in the team makes stupid mistakes just think what that does to the morale of the rest of the players. KP is in his own world.
“It is almost a personal challenge. He is going to show everyone that if you put a fielder in a position, he can hit it over him or past him because he thinks he is better than the plan they have set for him. He is England’s best player by far and it has a huge impact when he gets out. But getting out is not a crime. It is the way you get out.”