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Geoffrey: India not a true test for England

Calcutta: Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has said that the Indian batsmen were like “lambs to the slaughter” in the Test series.

“India were pathetic when they had to bat and bowl on two seaming, swinging pitches at Old Trafford and The Oval. Their batsmen lacked application and the technique to handle two of the best Test bowlers in the world in James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

“On these sorts of pitches they are a handful for any batsmen and these talented kids had no experience of such conditions,” Boycott wrote in his column for a British daily.

“The Indian batsmen were like lambs to the slaughter. Last winter England supporters did not enjoy our team getting annihilated and embarrassed by Australia with matches finishing early.

“So we should not gloat about the same thing happening to India. It is not a good advert for Test cricket when series are so one-sided.

“We want to see a hard-fought contest, to enjoy the ebb and flow of a match, swaying from one side to the other, and hopefully England coming out on top at the end. Not just one-sided hammerings,” he added.

He added that India were not a true test for England.

“…Bear in mind this team is a work in progress and we cannot judge them by the way India capitulated. They were not a true test.”

Meanwhile, Michael Vaughan took criticism to another level after he posted a ‘white flag’ on his twitter handle, terming it as the new Indian cricket flag. Vaughan not only slammed the Indian team for their poor showing, but also came down heavily on the fans.

“Indian cricket fans just accept it’s banter.... Your team haven’t performed,” tweeted Vaughan. “England fantastic... India clearly have sight seeing trips booked in for tomorrow...,” another of his tweets read.