Former England skipper Ian Botham lambast his national team after their dismal performance against Australia in recently concluded Ashes

Ian Botham

English cricket is in shambles and the result of recently concluded Ashes series where they lost against mighty Australia by 0-4 is a testament to it. Cricket fans all over the world were hoping throughout the marquee event from England to show some resilience, fightback but at the end it all proved out to be mighty Australia crushing them in all important occasions of the game.

Several ex cricketers have advised their cricket board to prioritize red ball cricket in the same way they have done for white ball as England as white ball side is currently one of the best teams in the world.

Their red ball cricket performance in recently concluded Ashes was a total flop show and former England skipper Ian Botham said that the team should feel dejected as they have let down all cricket fans back home. He also blamed the management including coach and captain for fielding wrong X1 in the middle.

“It’s been embarrassing, if I am honest, gutless. I thought the way that they performed today will have disappointed me and disappointed everyone back home. They should be disappointed in that dressing room as well, with the performance. The one thing we have to do now is take our heads out of the sand and we need to pull together and prioritise red ball cricket,” said Ian Botham in a chat with Channel 7.

He added that most of the English players who played the Ashes 2021 will might not receive an opportunity to play test cricket again for three lions and they should go back to their domestic cricket and learn how to play at International level. He also criticised captain and coach for not playing Anderson and Broad together in important matches as these two bowling stalwarts share 1,156 wickets combined in the longest format of the game.

“They’ve been completely steam-rollered and … a lot of these guys could be at the end of their careers. And a lot will be sent back to learn how to play at this level because the Australian public wanted a fight and they haven’t had it. It’s disappointing and some of it has been embarrassing – selections, winning the toss and bowling when it’s overcast on a green pitch in Brisbane, where I played for a year and could have told them exactly what it was going to do,” said Botham.

“Then we left two guys with 1,156 wickets [Anderson and Broad] sitting in the stand and carrying the drinks. There’s been a lot of stuff that doesn’t make sense,” concluded Botham